Welcome to the 8th in our series of 12 tutorials on creating and managing items in the Local Item Editor. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create an “Equation Numeric” Item in IO Assessment.
Let’s get started!
Choose Equation Numeric from the list of Item Types and complete the Item Information and Item Standards (see Test Item Creation Part 1 - Navigating the Item Editor)
In the example above the question asks “How many circles all together?”. This requires a short answer of 4.5 so you would use the Autoscore Textbox. The example then asks the student to “Write an equation to find the answer.” This requires the Autoscore Equation Textbox which allows the student to type in the equation in an online test.
Use the dropdown menu to choose a grade-level appropriate Equation palette.
Choose the correct palette BEFORE adding any information in the fields. If you change the palette after entering information in the fields you will lose all information in those fields.
You can also add characters to your palette, click in the box that says “add” and type any character or word that you want to appear in the student’s palette for this item. In this example, I added the word “circles” to the palette.
This item type needs to contain at least one AutoScore Equation Textbox in the stem/prompt area.
Every Autoscore Textbox you add generates an AutoScore Field and a corresponding AutoScore Instruction Field
Autoscore Fields - Field 1 - This is a regular Autoscore Textbox field which allows you to choose between “Text”, “Integer”, and “Decimal. In the example above I chose Decimal, since the answer needs to be in Decimal form.
Autoscore Fields - Field 2 - This is an Autoscore Equation Textbox field so “Equation” is the only choice.
Autoscore Instructions - Field 1 - This is the corresponding scoring instructions for the Field 1 - Autoscore Textbox. Here we can enter 4.5 which is the only correct answer that will be accepted. If there was another possible answer you could click “+ Add Possible Answer” to enter a second possible correct answer.
Autoscore Instructions - Field 2 - This is the corresponding scoring instructions for the Field 2 - Autoscore Equation Textbox. Here we will need to click the “Edit” button which will bring up the Equation Palette and allow you to enter the correct answer as an equation. In the example above, I have added a second possible correct answer choice by clicking the “+ Add Possible Answer” button.
To add a tool to your item, click on the appropriate tool icon in the top right corner.
Click the “Preview” icon to view, resize, and rotate the tool (resize and rotate only apply to the ruler and protractor)
For help with rubrics please see our Rubric Help Document
Resources, Teacher Instructions, Special Fields, Textbox, Autoscore Textbox, and Autoscore Equation Textbox
- Resource - allows you to add word documents, PDFs, audio or video files, etc.
the student will be able to access these files when taking the test online.
- Teacher Instructions - will add another section above the Stem / Prompt where you can enter any special instructions for the teacher.
- Special Fields - will add another section where you can enter any special fields your district has set up. Some of these may include Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and claims/targets. If there is nothing available in the special fields area, and you think there should be, please contact your District Administrator.
- Textbox - an input box for students to enter a short response online, will display as a blank line for printed tests.
- Autoscore Textbox - will add fields for defining correct answers and will automatically score these items in online testing.
Autoscore Equation Textbox - will add fields for defining correct answers in equation form and will automatically score these items in online testing.
Add a Passage
In the upper right corner (above the tools) click Add Passage. Select a passage or create a new passage (see the separate tutorial for “Creating a Passage”). If you have edit and/or copy permission, these options will also be available.
After selecting a passage the button will change to reflect the passage selected.
Preview Your Item
Preview your item by clicking either
Save Your Item
Save your item by clicking