How do I create a cloze math formula item?

In Mastery Connect, you can create a cloze math formula item. A close math item is a fill-in-the-blank question that allows students to input a math formula using a calculator-like interface in response to a stimulus.

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

Add New Item

Add New Item

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

Format Item

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

Enter the formula for the question in the Formula template field [2].

To insert a blank response box, click the Insert Response button[3]. Alternatively, to insert a response box, enter {{response}} or press the Underscore key on your keyboard twice.

You can include as many formulas in the template as needed.

Set Correct Answers

Set Correct Answers

Enter a point value for the item in the Point(s) field [1].

To specify how the item is scored, click the Method drop-down menu and select a scoring method [2].

Enter the answer for the first response box in the Value field [3].  

To use combined scoring methods, click the Add link [4].

To enter correct answers and scoring methods for additional response boxes, click the Expand icon(s) [5].

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

View Authoring Help

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

Validate Answers

Validate Answers

To preview the item interaction, click the mouse on a response box and use the keypad to enter an answer.  

To view correct and incorrect answers, click the Show Answers checkbox [1]. Correct answers display a check mark and are shaded green [2]. Incorrect answers display an X and are shaded red [3]. If the answer in a response box is incorrect, the correct answer displays beneath the number line in a response box with a check mark that is shaded yellow [4].  

The number of points awarded for the item as answered in the preview window over the number of points possible display in the scoring bubble [5].

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].  Learn more about adding Passages and other features.

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

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