Several Zionsville Community Schools parents concerned about their students' math comprehension spoke out at the May 12 meeting of the ZCS Board of School Trustees, initiating a review of a program used in the middle school math curriculum.
Parent Robbin Edwards said she had more than 60 responses to an open-ended question given to parents about ALEKS -- Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces -- a Web-based tool that uses artificial intelligence to assess student knowledge and direct student learning on an individual basis. The program is used in the ZCS middle schools.
"Three were positive; the rest were negative," Edwards said of the responses, explaining that parents are concerned their kids aren't learning from ALEKS.
Parent Sarah Weidner said parents wanted to share the feedback on use of ALEKS in middle school math classes because there is a common set of concerns. One of those concerns is that ALEKS is not teaching the foundations needed, and without those foundations students are unprepared and lose confidence when they get to high school.
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