Create an Assessment Item

1. Click the Create Assessment Items button under the Create an Assessment Item section to generate a custom assessment item (utilizing the SAS step-by-step process), which can then be added to an assessment. To create an item resource, please see the Create an Item Resource help section. An item resource is a passage, illustration, map, graph, etc. that can be used as a prompt for constructed response or multiple choice questions.  

assessment center page with create an assessment item icon highlighted

2. The assessment item creation process is outlined in a section-by-section progress display along the left hand side of the page. The future sections are locked until the current section has been completed. All required steps within a section must be finished before the next section becomes accessible.

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3. To access custom assessment items and/or item resources that you have previously created, click the View My Created Items button.

create an assessment item page displaying instructions with the view my created items button highlighted

4. Start the General Information section by giving the item a title in the Resource Name/Item Name field. Note that the Author field is pre-populated with your name.

Hint: To help keep your My Created Items bank organized, consider using a standardized naming convention that includes a combination of the following: Subject, Grade, Standard/Eligible Content, Content, and Depth of Knowledge.

ELA Example: 7-Anne Frank – CC.1.2.7.A – Main Idea – DOK 2

Math Example: 4-MO4.A-T.1.1.2 – Rounding – DOK 2

assessment item section of the general information step with resource name/item name field highlighted and arrow pointing to author field

5. Select the type of question you wish to create (Constructed Response Question or Multiple Choice Question). For guidance with creating an item resource, please see the Create an Item Resource help section.

assessment item type section of general information step with radio button for the multiple choice question option selected and highlighted

6. To attach this assessment item to an existing item resource, click the Connect this Question to a Resource drop down. An item resource is a passage, illustration, map, graph, etc. that can be used as a prompt for constructed response or multiple choice questions. If this is a stand-alone assessment item, proceed directly to Step 9. 

connect this question to a resource section of general information step with the connect question to resource drop down bar highlighted

7. To see a complete list of item resources for the grade/course/subject you selected, simply click the Search button, or type a search term into the keyword search box first in order to narrow the results. 

connect this question to a resource section with the keyword search bar highlighted and an arrow pointing to the search button

8. To connect the assessment item with a particular resource, click the Use this Item Resource button associated with it.

connect this question to a resource section displaying sample search results with the use this item resource button highlighted

Note that the item resource has been added and is now aligned to the assessment item. To delete this alignment, click the Remove this Item Resource button.

connect this question to a resource section displaying a selected item resource as an example with the remove this item resource button highlighted

9. Select the Grade Level for the assessment item by clicking the desired radio button.

grade level section of the general information step with the radio button for ninth grade selected and highlighted as an example

10. Select the Subject Area for the assessment item by clicking the appropriate radio button. If the desired subject area is not displayed among the options, select No Subject Area.

subject area section of the general information step with the radio button for business, computer and information technology selected and highlighted as an example

For a subject area with sub-categories, click the drop down arrow associated with it and make your selection. 

subject area section with the drop down arrow for the arts and humanities option highlighted

subject area section with the arts and humanities sub categories displayed with the radio button for the music option selected and highlighted

11. Select the Course (if applicable) for the assessment item by clicking the desired radio button. 

course section of the general information step with the radio button for civics and government selected and highlighted as an example

12. For the Alignment section of the item creation process, you may tag your item with standards. To see a complete list of standards for the grade/course/subject you selected, click the Search button, or type a search term into the keyword search box first in order to narrow the results. 

standard alignments section of the alignment step with the keyword search bar highlighted and an arrow pointing to the search button

13. The standards search results will populate automatically. Click the page number buttons or the Next button to see the complete list of all applicable standards.

standard alignments section displaying sample search results with both the page number buttons and next button highlighted

To tag your assessment item with a standard(s), click the Add button associated with each desired standard.

standard alignments section displaying a sample standard in the search results with the add button highlighted

To tag your assessment item with Eligible Content, click the View Eligible Content button associated with a given standard and click the appropriate Add button.

standard alignments section displaying a sample standard in the search results with its view eligible content button highlighted

standard alignments section displaying a sample standard with its corresponding eligible content and the add button highlighted

Note that the standard(s) and/or Eligible Content has now been added to the top of the Standard Alignments section. Click the Remove button if you wish to delete the standard tag from the assessment item.

standard alignments section displaying a sample standard that was selected for the item and its corresponding remove button highlighted

14. To add a standard(s) and/or Eligible Content associated with a grade/subject/course that falls outside of your previously chosen tags, click the Add Additional Standards drop down. 

standard alignments section with the expandable add additional standards drop down bar highlighted

Next, type a search term into the keyword search box and/or click the applicable Grade, Subject, or Course drop down menus and select the desired options. Click the Search button to execute the search. 

expanded add additional standards section with the keyword search bar highlighted

add additional standards section displaying the grade level menu with the select a grade drop down bar highlighted and an arrow pointing to the tenth grade option as an example

add additional standards section displaying sample selections for the select a grade field, select a course field, and select a subject field with the search button highlighted

Follow Step 13 to add the desired standard(s) and/or Eligible Content in the search results to your assessment item.

15. To select a Webb's Depth of Knowledge level, click the applicable radio button. If this is not applicable, select Unassigned. For a description of each level, click the Information icon.

Hint: If you need to review DOK descriptors, there is a 1-hour Act 48 refresher course located in the SAS PD Center (http://pdc.pdesas.org/Course/CourseCatalog). 

webb's depth of knowledge section of the alignment step with the radio button for level two selected and highlighted as an example and an arrow pointing to the information icon

16. For the Content section of the item creation process, add the body of your assessment item in the Question/Stem text box. Use the toolbar above the text box to edit/alter the text (as needed). 

Hint: In addition to text, you can insert graphs, tables, charts, etc.

question/stem section of the content step with the text box highlighted

17. There are different fields displayed depending on which question item type you selected in Step 5 above. For multiple choice items, see below. For constructed response items, proceed directly to Step 21.

For Multiple Choice Items, type each answer choice in the corresponding Response text box.

Hint: The template is designed for you to enter four responses – A,B,C,D.  You can, however, input additional responses or enter fewer than four. 

multiple choice response section of the content step with the text box highlighted

18. Be sure to indicate which answer choice is the correct response by clicking the Correct Option checkbox (this will only appear on the Answer Key). 

multiple choice response section of the content step with the correct option checkbox selected and highlighted

19. To remove an answer choice altogether, or reduce the total number of answer choices, click the Remove Answer button.

multiple choice response section of the content step with the remove answer button highlighted

20. To add another answer choice, click the Add an Additional Response button. 

multiple choice response section of the content step with the add an additional response button highlighted

Once you have completed the Responses section, proceed directly to Step 23 .

21. For Constructed Response Items, type the correct response in the Correct Answer text box (this will only appear on the Answer Key).

Hint: If there are multiple correct answers, you may want to include all.

correct answer section of the content step for a constructed response item with the text box highlighted

22. To add a scoring guide that will appear on the Answer Key, insert or attach it in the Rubric text box.

rubric section of the content step for a constructed response item with the text box highlighted

23. Once you have finished composing your assessment item, double check that all necessary fields are completed and accurate. Then, click the Complete button at the very bottom of the page.

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24. To return to the Assessment Center landing page, click the Finished Adding an Item button. To create an additional item and begin the item creation process again, click the Add Another Item button.

resource completed popup window displaying instructions and both the finished adding an item button and the add another item button

Hint: Your finished assessment item will now appear in the My Created Items bank of the Build an Assessment section. To locate and/or edit the item, please refer to the My Created Items help section.

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