The following is a Frequently Asked Questions about the NEW Item Bank.
Summer 12.0, as early as July 2, an opt-in installation of the NEW Item Bank will be available. To learn more about opting in, please contact your Customer Success Manager. Register for one of our Summer Release webinars to learn more!
Item Bank is a free assessment building platform as part of your Data and Assessment package.
There are a number of resources and item bank available for purchase such as Key Data Systems, Certica, Measured Progress, CenterPoint Solutions, and more!
Visit https://www.illuminateed.com/products/item-bank-partners/a to learn more about partners and talk to your Customer Success Managers for details.
Great question! If you are current Item Bank users, there are a few considerations that may apply to you. Reach out to your Customer Success Manager to review your considerations.
You can also visit Release Readiness: The NEW Item Bank for more information.
No. You can opt-in at any time throughout the next year. In fact, we encourage that if considerations may affect your teachers such as live proctoring or use and authoring of specific items, to wait until they are supported to switch.
Once you have discussed opting in with your Customer Success Manager, they will provide you with a Opt-In Form that sends a request to our Product Team that you would like to opt-in. The product team will place your organization into a queue. You will receive an email to confirm we've received your submission and another when the installation is complete, based on the order of the queue. Installation may take up to two week or 10 business/school days.
The actual installation process is made up of two parts: Turning on the new Item Bank for your site and transferring your existing Item Bank content (items) into the new Item Bank. Anything that isn't supported in the initial opt-in process, will be released as available into your site automatically. No additional opt-in process will be necessary.
No. Whether you opt-in right away or not, you don't ever lose data. If assessments are using item types not initially supported, when you go to edit the Item Bank assessment, those items will not be included in the new copy. The master or legacy version will always remain.
For example, items with multiple rubrics will not be available to create or administer upon initial release, but eventually will. So if you want to use that assessment or revise it, it will remove the 2 questions that use multiple rubrics, making the assessment a 18 question assessment instead of 20. Then, when they are supported, you can republish the legacy or master assessment and now all 20 items will be there.
Item Bank Items
With the new Item Bank, there will be a large number of new items you are able to build and create, adding to your Item Bank assessments.
For a complete list, visit Item Bank Item Type Crosswalk for details.
Item Bank Assessments
When you have selected to opt-in, former or legacy Item Bank Assessments are still available to be administered and used in your account as is. When you decided to duplicate an Item Bank assessment, it will then be duplicated as a new Item Bank assessment. Depending on the items the assessment contains, the assessment may be altered.
For example, if the assessment containing 20 items has 2 items that are not supported upon initial release, when duplicated those items will be removed from the assessment in the NEW Item Bank assessment type. This would make the new copy of the assessment now have a total of 18 items.
The original or former Item Bank assessment will still be available so when items are supported, you can duplicate again and items will appear with the assessment.
All assessments are now available in View Assessments. With the Summer 12.0 release, now unpublished Item Bank assessment can be found in your View Assessments page. They will be marked as "Item Bank NEW", whereas legacy assessments will be marked as "Item Bank".
Great news! They will remain as Unpublished or Draft within View Assessments.
When you decided to continue working on the unpublished or draft Item Bank assessment, it will then be opened as a new Item Bank assessment. Depending on the items the assessment contains, the assessment may be altered.
For example, if the assessment containing 20 items thus far has 2 items that are not supported upon initial release, those items will be removed from the assessment. This would make the assessment now have a total of 18 items. You will then continuing to browse and build the assessment in the new Item Bank.
Administering Item Bank Assessments
Upon initial release, live proctoring is not available when opting into the new Item Bank. While this is our highest priority to support soon after release, this may be a consideration in supporting of waiting to opt-in right away.
Online Testing Tools such as the protractor and ruler will not be supported to use or assign for students to use when online testing at this time. We are working on making the tools even better!
Yes! Personalized Review Assignments or activities assigned to students based on assessment results to target their skills immediately following the assessment, will be available to use in support of the NEW Item Bank and Flexible assessments. Legacy Item Bank assessments will not have the option to assign PRAs at this time.
You can learn more about PRA by visiting Personalized Review Assignments (PRA).
Ready for the Item Bank? Visit Release Readiness: The NEW Item Bank to learn more.