Create a Simple Shading Item Bank Question

*Note: this is a district-only feature.

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After you have added the item to the district item bank, you are ready to begin defining the simple shading item. A simple shading question allows a student to fill in (shade) all or portions of a shape in response to a stimulus. There are two sections that are used to define the simple shading answer:

    •  Basic
    •  Answer Key


How to Create a Simple Shading Item for an Item Bank

  1. To add an optional passage or a calculator, click the Add Passage or the Add Tool button.
  2. In the Basic section, type the question in the Stimulus field.
  3. To add a math formula to the stimulus, put your cursor where you want to add it, and then click the Calculator icon.Simple shading math formula
  4. In the Canvas Options section, create the image that your student will shade; enter the number of rows and columns, and the cell height and width.
  5. If you want to pre-shade any of the cells on the image, select those cells in the Author Shaded section. Likewise, if you want to hide any of the cells on the image, select those cells in the Author Hidden section.
  6. In the Answer Key, in the Valid Response section, select the method for validating the correct answer. ByCount will require the student to shade a certain number of cells, while byLocation will require the student to shade cells in certain locations on the image.Simple shading response type
  7. In the Value field, enter the correct response (either the correct number of cells to be shaded, or the correct locations to be shaded).
  8. Before you publish the item, validate that the answers are functioning correctly. To do this, select the answers in the preview pane and click the Validate icon. Correct answers should be highlighted in green and incorrect answers should be highlighted in red.simple shading validation
  9. After you have finished creating the item, click the Publish button to share the item with any district teachers, or click the Publish and Reserve button to share the question with district administrators only.