How do I create a formula essay item?

In Mastery Connect, you can create a formula essay item. In a formula essay question, the student enters and formats text and math using a keyboard and a keypad interface. This type of question uses rubric grading.


  • District and school administrators (admins) can also create items directly in the district item bank.
  • This question type is now deprecated, meaning it will not be updated in the future.

Add New Item

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

Enter Question or Instructions

Enter the question or item prompt in the Compose question text field [1]. Your text will populate in the item preview field [2].

To edit a default formatting option for text answers, click one of the drop-down text formatting menus [3].

To remove a formatting option, click the Delete icon next to the drop-down formatting menu [4].

To add an additional text formatting option for student answers, click the Add link [5]. Click to select an option from the Add drop-down menu [6].

To add additional scoring, layout, formatting, and labeling options for the item, click the More options drop-down menu [7].

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.

Enter Rubric Criteria

Enter Rubric Criteria

In the Rubric section, enter the rubric criteria.

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