How do I build my own assessment?

Updated 1 year ago by Rebecca Baker

Step 1: Within the Assessments tab, click the "Create New Assessment" link.

Step 2: Enter a name for the assessment. For the test, choose your subject area.

Step 3: If you have created assessment tags, you can assign a tag to this assessment by checking the box.

Step 4: Decide if you want to share this assessment with other teachers at your school. Then make any adjustments to this assessment's settings.

Step 5: Click the "I Choose All of the Questions" button. With this mode, you have complete control over the standards, specific questions, and how many questions are included.

Step 6: Select a standard. You'll see ten questions to start. Click the checkbox to add a question to your assessment. To see more than ten questions for a standard, click the "Load More Questions" link at the bottom of the question list.

Step 7: By default, questions are shown in random order. If you would like to sort according to popularity, newest, low difficulty, high difficulty, low DOK, high DOK, or short answer, use the dropdown menu on the right. All questions for the standard will be available, but they will be shown in the order selected.

Step 8: For every question, view the DOK level and hover over the stats icon to view the percent correct (to gauge how difficult the question is). Use the "Feedback" button to send feedback directly to our academic team. To see a question in its entirety, click on the question stem.

Step 9: After you've clicked on a question to preview it, you'll see the entire question with the answer choices. Click "Add to this assessment" to include it in your assessment. Hint: Click the arrow to browse through other questions in this standard. The total number of questions for a standard is displayed on the right.

Step 10: Click the "+ Add Questions from Another Standard" link if needed. Click the "Continue" button to add more item types. If you're done, click the "Continue and Skip to Preview" link.

Step 11: For steps 3 through 6, choose yes or no to add a variety of other item types, including your own questions, performance tasks, two-part items, and free-response questions.

Step 12: In step 7, preview all of the items that were selected -- refer to the different tabs for each item type (Questions, Two-Part Items, etc.). For each question, you can see the standard listed in the bottom right corner. Use the "Replace with Similar Question" link to swap a question out for another one aligned to the same standard.

Step 13: Turn a question into a bonus question by checking the "Bonus Question" box. If students answer this question incorrectly, they do not receive a penalty. The question has a point value equal to the other questions on this assessment. Click the "Question Feedback" button to send feedback directly to our academic team. If you like a question and want to have quick access to it in the future when building assessments, click the "Add to Favorites" star icon.

Step 14: Click the "Student View" button to preview the assessment exactly as a student will see it. Use the "Stats" button for a quick breakdown of the questions by DOK level and standard. Click the "Save Assessment" button when you're happy with your assessment.

Step 15: Your assessment has successfully been created. Go ahead and use the "Assign this Assessment" button if you're ready to assign it to your classes. Otherwise, hold off and assign it later from your Assessments tab.

Step 16: Your newly-created assessment will appear at the top of your assessments list. Use the "Edit" pencil icon to make any changes up until the time students begin completing the assessment. Once there are results, editing will no longer be allowed. However, you can make adjustments through the Settings gear icon.

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