This article describes how teachers/districts can create formative assessments using high quality items provided in the CASE item bank.

Step 1: Access the Item Bank

To find an assessment you've already created or to create a new assessment:

  • From the top Assessments menu, choose Classroom

Step 2: Create a New Item Bank Assessment 

To create a new assessment:

  1. Click Create New Assessment in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  2. Set the filters according to the types of items you want to add to the assessment.
  3. Choose:
    • Subject (required)
    • Core (required; state standards)
    • Class (grade level)
    • Standard  
    • Topic Category
    • Topic
    • Item Bank 
    • Language
    • DOK (Depth of Knowledge) 
    • Item Type
    • Difficulty 
    • Item Number (allows you to search for specific items) 
    • "Show only passages" (ELA only) - shows only items with associated passages
  4. Click Load Items.

Step 3: Label Your Assessment    

After items are discovered that match your filter criteria, you should first label the assessment by providing:

  • Title
  • Subtitle (optional) 
  • Calculator (optional; use if you are creating a math test)
  • Difficulty calculator (ensures that you are building a balanced test; optimal difficulty is 2.0 - 2.5) 
  • "This assessment is graded manually." You MUST select this if there are constructed response (CR) essays included in the assessment. If this option is not selected, the CR questions will not be available for grading.   

Step 4: Add Items to Your Assessment 

All available items appear on the left side of the table.

  • To add an item, click  and the item moves to the right side of the page to be added to the test.
  • As items are added to the test, they are numbered so that you can keep track of how many items have been added to the test.   
  • You can change the order the questions that have been added to your assessment (right side of test builder) by clicking and dragging the item to a new position.
  • After you have added all items to your assessment, click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

Adding ELA Passage Items

When you locate an item with a passage, click Add Passage Items.
All questions associated with that passage appear on a new screen.

  • To add an item, select the check box to the left of the item and click .
  • Preview the passage by clicking on the item number. 
  • Preview each item by clicking on the item number or the magnifying glass icon on the far right of the item. See "Previewing Items," below, for more information.
  • To view related passages, click the View Related Passages icon (link). 

Previewing Items

  • To preview an item, click on the item number or the magnifying glass icon on the far right of the item. An item preview box appears:
  • The Standard, Difficulty level, DOK level, & Correct Answer are shown.
  • Check "Show Answers" to see answer choices. 
  • To add this item to your assessment, click Add This Item.
  • To preview additional items for this passage, click < Prev or Next > 
  • If you are looking at items in a passage container, there will be a variety of standards included in the question options.
  • Click the Close button when you are done previewing items.

Step 5: Save the Assessment

When you're finished adding items to the assessment, you can click Save Changes or Save Changes & Preview.

You may continue editing the assessment now, or if you want to edit it later or work with it in other ways, follow the steps outlined in the section that follows. 

Step 6: Work Further with Your Assessment

Once you've saved a new assessment, it is available in the system and you can edit it, print it, delete it, preview it, or schedule it. To find your assessment:

  1. From Assessments menu at the top of the page, choose Classroom.

  2. Set your filters: 
    • Type: Classroom (required) 
    • Subject (required) 
    • Core/Title (optional) 
  3. Click the blue Search button.

All assessments that have been created with that search criteria appear at the bottom of the page.

  • You can also filter by author.
  • Difficulty: When working to build a balanced assessment, the goal should be a 2.5 difficulty. 


The buttons to the right of the assessment allow you to work further with the assessment: 


Edit Assessment


Delete Assessment


Print Assessment  (see Printing an Assessment)


Print Answer Key


Preview Assessment


Create New Schedule



Step 7: Schedule the Assessment

In order for students to take the assessment, you must schedule the assessment. Refer to Scheduling a Classroom Assessment for details.