How do I create a classification item?

In Mastery Connect, you can create a classification item.  A classification item asks students to use a drag and drop feature to classify responses into appropriate chart cells in response to a stimulus.

Note: District and school administrators (admins) can also create items directly in the district item bank.

Add New Item

Open Item Bank

In the Global Navigation menu, click the Assessments link. Then, follow the steps to create a new item.  

Compose Question  

Enter the question prompt in the Compose question text field [1].

Enter the number of chart columns and rows to display in the Column count and Row count text boxes [2].

Enter column titles in the Column titles text boxes [3]. To add additional columns, click the Add icon [4].

To optionally add row titles, click the Add icon [5]. Then, enter a title in the Row titles text box [6].  

To delete a column or row, click the Delete icon [7].

The question and responses display as they will appear to students in the preview window [8].

Group Possible Responses

Group Possible Responses

To organize responses into groups, click the Group possible responses check box to display the check mark [1].

Enter a name for a group in the Title text field [2]. Then, add the responses you want to include in the group in the Possible responses text fields [3].

To add a response to the group, click the Add icon [4].

To delete a response from the group, click the Delete icon [5].

To add another group, click the Add Group icon [6].

To delete an entire group, click the Delete Group icon [7].  

Set Correct Answers

Set Correct Answers

Enter the number of points for the item in the Point(s) text box [1].

To move answers to the correct position on the chart, move the cursor to the response box. Then, click and drag the answer to the correct position on the chart [2]. Repeat with all answer boxes.  

To display the drag handle when moving answers, click the Show drag handle checkbox to display the check mark [3].

To allow a response to be used more than once, click the Duplicate responses checkbox [4].

To shuffle the answer options each time the item displays, click the Shuffle options checkbox [5].

To add additional scoring, layout, formatting, and labeling options for the item, click the More options drop-down menu [6].

View Authoring Help

For more information about additional authoring options, scroll to the top of the item authoring page and click the Authoring Help icon.

Add Optional Features

Add optional features

To add optional features to the item, click the Add Feature button [1] and select the features you wish to add from the drop-down menu [2].

Note: The Desmos calculators are only available in districts that have paid Desmos subscriptions.

Validate Answers

Validate Answers

In the preview section, click and drag a response box to a position on the chart. Repeat for all possible answers.

To validate answers, click the Show Answers text box [1].

Correct answers display a green check mark [2]. Incorrect answers display a red X [3].

Correct answers display in the Correct answers list [4].

You can view the number of points awarded for the item as answered in the preview window over the number of points possible [5].

Note: Other scoring options, including partial credit can be selected in the more options menu.

Save or Publish Item  

To save the item as a draft and keep editing enabled, click the Save As Draft button [1]. When you save an item as a draft, it can be edited and deleted in your personal item bank and by admins in the district teacher item bank.

To disable editing and share the item with teachers in your district, click the Publish button [2]. When you publish an item, it displays in the district teacher item bank and is available to all users in your district. You can delete the item from your personal item bank, and admins can delete the item from the district teacher item bank.

To disable editing and share the item with admins only, click the Publish & Reserve button [3]. When you publish and reserve an item, you can delete it in your personal item bank, and admins can view and delete the item in the district teacher item bank.

To delete the question and return to the Create New Item page, click the Go Back button [4].