In this lesson, you will learn how to get started on a Multiple Choice question in the Legacy Item Bank. Multiple Choice items are single response items.
Adding Standards and Publishing the Item are required to use the item an assessment
Where to Start
1. Click on Assessments.
2. Under Itembank, click Visit Itembank.
Create a New Item
- Click Create.
- Next click Item.
- Select Next.
You may also start from the Items tab. Then click Create Item.
- Leave the default to Multiple Choice/ Selected Response.
- Click Teacher Instructions to type instructions for the teacher (e.g., Read the question aloud to your students) if applicable.
- Enter the Stem. The stem is the beginning part of an item that presents a problem to be solved, a direct question, or an incomplete statement to be completed, as well as any other relevant information.
- Use the tool palette for special formatting. To learn more check out the Item Toolbar Overview.
- Click Save and Continue.
Teacher Instruction will only appear on the Teacher Booklet. They will not appear in Online Testing or the Student Booklet.
- Enter the answer choices in the space provided. Answer choices are options a student may pick from in a closed-response (e.g., multiple choice) assessment; these include the correct answer and the distractors.
- Mark the correct answer by clicking the checkmark. It will turn green to indicate this is the correct answer.
- You may add an additional answer choice by clicking Add Choice.
- Click the red minus (-) icon next to an answer choice that you would like to remove. Use the arrow keys to move the answer choice up or down.
- You may enter a rationale for each distractor to explain why a student may have chosen a particular answer option. For example, if a student selects "B. 10" for the question "What is 8 + 12?" he might have forgotten to carry the "1". Entering a rationale could help other teachers who have access to the item in reteaching concepts missed. Click the Up Arrow next to Rationale to enter the rationale.
- Click Save.
If you assessment is going to be administered pencil/paper, please note that answer sheets only allow up to 9 answer choices. To learn more about scanning, check out the Lightning Grader FAQ.
A rubric allows for partial credit scoring on an item. To add a rubric click Create Rubric.
- Enter a Rubric description in the space provided (optional).
- Click Add Rubric Level to add additional point values.
- Click the minus to remove Rubric Levels.
- Enter which response corresponds to the desired point value.
- When done, click Save.
If you add a Rubric to a Multiple Choice item, you must enter at least one response into the spaces provided. Failure to do so will cause an error in Online Testing.
Now that you've set up the question portion of your Multiple Choice item, learn about the next step: Item Details.
The next required step is Adding Standards to an Item.