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ALEKS Aligns Courses with Common Core State Standards
Mathematics education software provider ALEKS Corp. has announced that its course products for grades 3 through 12 are now aligned with Common Core State Standards.
The ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) courses offer a unique approach to individualized education. While they are fully customizable to align with textbooks and curricula, they rely on an artificial intelligence-based engine to assess individual student knowledge and skill levels in each area of mathematics, precisely monitor progress, and target gaps in learning, all to develop the optimal course of learning. ALEKS offers courses for all levels of K-12 math, including courses for elementary and middle school grades, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus.
A spokesperson said the company made the decision to correlate its courses with the Common Core standards in order "to address the growing demand for accountability and measurable success in K-12 education."
Created as part of the Common Core Initiative (CCSSI) by teachers with cooperation from several educational organizations, the standards aim to give educators throughout the United States a consistent set of prescribed goals for student knowledge and skill development in math and language arts, regardless of state or the school the child attends. To date, 35 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards. Extensive details are available on the Common Core FAQ page.
The courses are available in both English and Spanish, and users have unlimited online access to the teaching and assessment materials. Educators for grades 3 through 8 can register for a free trial of the ALEKS Teacher Module here.
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