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Creating an Item

Updated Mar 26, 2021

You can create your own items to include on classroom assessments. Choose from a variety of item types. All items you create reside in your "School Created" item bank, and you may add them to assessments once they are published.

Step 1: Specify the Item Information

To create a new item:

  1. Choose Item Bank from the top menu. The Search for Items page appears.
  2. Click Create New Item.

In the "Item Info" section, Item # and Item Bank may already be filled in, but you may change these if needed.

If applicable, choose a DOKDifficultyTopic Category, and one or more Topics

In the "Standard" section, choose a Subject, Core, Class/Grade, and the specific Standard for the item.

The information is summarized.


To add more standards, click Add another standard.

Click Continue.

Step 2: Add a Passage (optional)

If this item is associated with a passage, click Add Passage.

The Add Passage dialog appears. Click the magnifying glass icon to view the passage. 

Click the + next to a passage you want to add.

Repeat that process, if necessary, to add any additional passages for the item.

If this item is meant to be part of a two-part item, click Add A/B Item. Otherwise, continue by choosing an item type and follow the instructions below.

Step 3: Choose an Item Type

Click the large plus sign at the bottom of the page.

Choose a category of item type from the left sidebar. As you select a category, specific item types to choose from appear on the right.

Move the cursor over the type of item you want to create, and click the plus sign that appears.

Step 4: Enter the Item Content

After you select an item type, placeholders for the parts of the item appear. For example, for a Multiple Choice - Standard item, you see places for the stem and the answer choices:

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(1) Enter a stem.

(2) Enter answer choices.

(3) Click to add additional answer choices (optional).

The specific fields available will vary, depending on the type of item you are creating. 

As you enter text for the the item, notice that a formatting toolbar appears, and you may use that to format the text or to insert mathematical expressions, tables, images, or to format the text.

Tip: Use the Source formatting option to edit or view the HTML code being used for the text.

Verify the completed item. For example:

Step 5: Indicate the Correct Answer and Other Options

Set the correct answer in the next section on the page. 

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(1) Choose a number of points received for a correct answer.

(2) Choose the correct answer.

(3) Check if there is more than one correct answer. 

(4) Check if the answers should be presented in a different order every time the item is available on an assessment.

(5) Allows you to set additional options for the item such as other scoring details, layout specifications, and distractors, rationales, and more.

Step 6: Save the Item

Click SAVE when you are done (or at any other time during the creation process).

The item is now in "draft" mode and located in the "School Created" item bank.

Step 7: Embed Features/Tools (optional)

After saving the item, you can add other tools/features to the item, such as a protractor, a ruler, an audio clip, or a video.

To add a feature to an item, click the + located below the item.

Click Features.

Hover the cursor over the feature you want to add and click the + sign. For example, to embed the ruler:

Note: The Scientific Calculator, the Basic Calculator, and the Line Reader features are no longer supported in items. If you select one of these features, you see a message such as the following when you save the item: "The feature has been deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Please remove before proceeding to ensure your assessment is supported."  If you see this message, click the Back button (located in the gray bar) to remove the feature.

To make a calculator available for items, you should add the calculator to the assessment in which the item appears. See Creating an Item Bank (Classroom) Assessment for more information.

Add additional information about the feature, as needed.

Click SAVE.

Step 8: Preview Text-to-Speech for the Item

If your district uses text-to-speech, you can preview the way the item is read by the text-to-speech reader:

  1. Click Save if you haven't already.
  2. Click Preview to enter the preview mode.
  3. Click Text-to-Speech to open the text-to-speech toolbar, and use it to read the item.

Refer to Controlling Text-to-Speech in the article Text-to-Speech Functionality for details on controlling the way words or phrases are pronounced by the text-to-speech reader.

Step 9: Edit or Publish the Item

Editing

Once the item is created, make any changes by editing the item

Publishing

To publish an item (making it available for use on assessments):

  1. Edit the item and uncheck the "Draft" option.
  2. Click Continue.
  3. Then click Save.
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