We were offered the opportunity to review an online math program called ALEKS. ALEKS stands for Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces… it is a web-based, independent math learning system that “uses adaptive questioning to quickly determine what your student knows and then instructs them in topics they are most ready to learn.”
It is geared for grades 3-12. The program starts by giving your student an assessment of about 25 or so questions, none of which are multiple choice. Then they get a pie chart showing what they know and are offered a choice of which topic they would like to work on. The program is constantly reassessing the students learning, and it automatically sends out an email to Mom saying how much work has been done and an assessment of your student’s progress.
This program comes in a variety of pricing points. $19.95 or one month, $99.95 for 6 months, or $179.95 for 12 months. They also have discount pricing available for families with more than one child. They have a free trial for new members, so you can try it first.
For us, like I have said in reviews past, online programs are just not the best fit for our family. The future of every family having high speed internet just hasn’t reached these dead-end country roads. Also, while I think this is a valuable program for some families, I feel it would be a little out of our price range, especially with so many kids, and the fact that a grade level can’t be retained for the next kid coming up. I think for parents and students where math is not a favored subject, this would work great, since there is little parent involvement needed.
We received this program to review free in exchange for an honest review. Other homeschoolers reviewed this product as well, and you can see their review as well as mine here.