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ISTE Sneak Preview #1 - Common Core Item Types

Monday, June 17, 2013 -- Kristin Flynn

We have a lot of exciting things to share with you this year at ISTE 2013, but we don’t want those who can’t attend to miss out on anything.  Each day this week we will be sharing a sneak peek of what’s coming at ISTE.   We are constantly innovating to help redefine the 21st Century classroom.  Edmentum enables teachers and administrators with a full range of online learning solutions to make learning more impactful. We’re Edmentum and we’re redefining the 21st Century classroom.

Imagine what you can achieve with our new Common Core item types

For the new PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments students must demonstrate what they have learned in the classroom through technology-based exams by conceptualizing, applying, and executing on the content in new ways that traditional pen and paper exams cannot. For example, drag & drop and hot spot questions ensure interaction with questions through media-rich graphics and illustrations, and constructed response questions require critical thinking and evidence based support. To help support this transition, Edmentum has undertaken major development efforts to not only ensure that existing instructional and assessment resources align to the standards, but to create new solutions for students and educators that are written specifically to produce Common Core outcomes. We have created brand new item types designed to promote higher order thinking and inquiry.

New Common Core item types:

Multiple Choice: Students choose the single best answer.

Constructed Response:  Students construct a response using evidence from the question or reading to support their view. 

Multiple Response:  Students can select more than one correct answer in a multiple choice format.

Cloze:  Student selects a response from a drop down box in an equation or sentence.

Sequence:  Students view multiple images concerning a question or problem posed. Students click on an image and move it to correct location on the screen, in sequence, to create the correct overall answer.

Matched Pairs:  This item has three columns, two containing information to answer the question.  The student moves answers from the third column to the second column (open boxes) to match information in the first column.

Hot Spot: Using the cursor, the student identifies a location in an image that represents the correct answer.

Hot Text:  Text choices are identified for the student within an item and the student selects the correct text answer or answers with the cursor.

Graphical Gap Match:  Using the cursor students drag images to another image to answer the question.

Fill in the Blank:  The student enters an alphanumeric response in open box in an item. An item may have more than one open box.

Make sure to stop by our booth to preview the new item types for yourself!

Attending ISTE?  We encourage you to visit Edmentum at booth #9212 to discover how we are redefining the 21st century classroom. Check out our interactive product demos, show us your competitive side at our “Beat the Pro” station, play a game of Plinko, or share in one of our live, dynamic presentations.  We will be giving out Edmentum prize packs, t-shirts, and sunglasses. Enter for a chance to win one of many iPad minis.