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Item Creation

Create an Item

  • You must have the necessary permissions to create items.
  • Save often while you create an item.
  1. From the main navigation menu, choose Items, then New Item.
  2. Enter an Item Title and Tags based on the naming conventions defined by your school district.
  3. Click Save.
  4. Choose an item bank. Your permissions determine the scope of banks from which you can choose.
    1. Select the Organization, then choose the Item Source.
    2. Select an item bank.
    3. Click OK.
  5. Click Select to choose item standards.
  6. Search for standards by code or description.
  7. Click Add for the desired standard.
  8. When finished, click Done.
  9. Define the interaction attributes:

    • To add new attributes, click the gear and choose from the attributes.
    • To update defined attributes, click on the values.

    The language attribute is set to English (United States) by default. The default language attribute resets to English if a language is removed.

  10. If necessary, click Add Notes to include item notes, or Add Next Steps to outline the next steps for the item.

Interaction Examples

If you are unfamiliar with any of the interaction types, click Examples.

Preview examples before adding content to your item because the example content overwrites any content in the editing pane. If this happens, click Undo in the text editor toolbar to remove the example and restore your content.

Add Content

Use the composer tools and editing pane to add interactions and other content.

  1. Click the interaction type you want to insert. Interaction blocks appear at the cursor location in the editing pane.

    For a single item, a maximum of 100 interactions is supported for scoring.

  2. Type within the editing pane to add supporting content to the item.
  3. Add images, multimedia, resources, tables, math equations, copied text, and other components to the interactions or surrounding content using the text editor toolbar.
  4. To move or remove an interaction block, hover over the block until the four-way arrow displays, then click on the arrow. An outline around the interaction block indicates you can now drag the arrow to move the interaction. Press the Delete key to remove the interaction.
    The four-way arrow is pointed out in a screenshot.
  5. Optimize the composer display using either the sizing button in the toolbar or the resizing handle.
    The sizing button is outlined in the toolbar.
    The resizing handle is outlined for emphasis.

Apply Conditional Scoring

Conditional Scoring items allow you to create a machine-scored two-part item in which an incorrect response in the first interaction results in the entire item being scored as zero.

The following criteria must be met to use Conditional Scoring:

  • The item must have two choice interactions.
  • The choice interactions must not allow partial credit.
  • An interaction cannot have more than one correct response.
  1. Choose Items from the main navigation menu, then click New Item.
  2. Alternatively, you can select the global search icon , then click Edit for the respective item in the Results list.
  3. Click within the Contents text field, then click Conditional Scoring.

  4. Click OK.
  5. Optionally, you can remove Conditional Scoring from an item. Click Conditional Scoring and press the Delete or Backspace key.

Scoring Logic

According to the scoring logic for Conditional Scoring:

  • If the student answers the first interaction correctly and the second interaction correctly, they receive full credit (2 points).

  • If the student answers the first interaction incorrectly or leaves it blank, they receive zero credit, regardless of their answer for the second interaction (0 points).

  • If the student answers the first interaction correctly and the second interaction incorrectly, they receive credit for the first interaction (1 point).

An example is provided in the item editor under Conditional Scoring in the Multiple Choice/Response Interaction.

Complete the Item

  1. After you add all the necessary content, click Save.

  2. Click Preview to experience the item in the online testing system.
  3. Click Submit to move the item to the Accepted status.
  4. Alternatively, if you are creating an item from Assignment, click Submit to send it to review. The item will not be listed in your item assignments until it is returned by the reviewer.

After you add an item to a test and that test is either released to OLA or scan sheets are downloaded, the item is locked. You cannot change or update the item. Contact support if you need to correct a locked item.

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