How do I create a district assessment?

Updated 9 months ago by Linda Porter

Step 1: Select Assessments in the navigation bar.

Step 2: Click "Create New Assessment."

Step 3: Name the assessment and select the subject from the Test dropdown. Make any adjustments to this assessment's settings. For security reasons, it's always recommended to NOT immediately allow students to view item results. This can be changed later after all students are finished with the assessment. Click "Continue."

Step 4: Decide whether you would like to choose your own questions, or have USATestprep choose the questions.

Step 5: If you've selected "USATestprep Chooses the Questions", choose the length of your assessment. You can see the pie graph displaying the percentages that will be reflected on the Pre-Built assessment. Click the "Continue" button to add more item types. If you're done, click the "Continue and Skip to Preview" link.

Step 6: If you've selected the I Choose mode, 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 (with answer choices), 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 the plus sign to include it in your assessment. Use the right arrow to browse through other questions in this standard. The total number of questions for a standard is displayed at the top.

Step 10: Click the "+ Add Questions from Another Domain" 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: Choose YES or NO for adding favorite questions. Favorite questions are USATestprep questions that you have starred as a favorite across the site -- or you may also add questions of your own here.

Step 12: To add a question of your own, click the "Author New Question" button and follow the steps. You can upload your own image or author a question based on a USATestprep passage. After you've authored a question, it will appear in the list in this step. Questions that you author are saved only within your account for your use.

Step 13: Choose YES or NO for adding performance tasks. Performance tasks are technology-enhanced items. Types include classifying, labeling, matching, ordering, and more.

Step 14: Select a standard. You'll see performance tasks. To preview a performance task, click on the name of it. To the right of each performance task, the point value and type are shown. The point value is equivalent to how many questions the performance task is worth.

Step 15: Select the checkbox to add up to five (5) performance tasks to your assessment. Click "Load More Items" to see additional performance tasks. Click the "Continue" button. Any performance task that you've already assigned will have "Assigned" in pink text displayed next to the performance task name.

Step 16: Choose YES or NO for adding two-part items. Exclusive to assessments, two-part items are paired questions relating to a single prompt, data set, etc.

Step 17: Select a standard. To preview a two-part item, click on the name of it. Select the checkbox to add a two-part item to your assessment. Click the "Continue" button.

Step 18: Choose YES or NO for adding free response questions. Free response questions are open-ended and will need to be manually graded. When grading the students' responses, a suggested answer key and keywords are provided to help the scoring process.

Step 19: Select a standard. To preview a free response question, click on the question stem. Select the checkbox to add a free response question to your assessment, then select the point value (equivalent to how many multiple choice questions). Click the "Continue" button.

Step 20: 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 what standard it's associated with 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 21: Hover over the stats icon to see the DOK level and percent correct (to gauge how difficult the question is). 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 22: 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 23: Your assessment has successfully been created.

Step 24: 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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