How do I create a number line association item?

In Mastery Connect, you can create a number line association item.  A number line association question is a drag-and-drop item type that allows students to respond to a stimulus by plotting possible responses on a number line.

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

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].

To set the minimum and maximum values for the number line, enter the values in the Minimum value and Maximum value text fields [2].

Enter an optional number line title in the Title text field [3].

To enter response points, click the mouse in the Points text field and enter answer text [4].

Response points can be formatted as text, a number, a fraction, or a mixed fraction. To format response points, use the formatting menu [5].

Response points display in the item preview section [6].

To add additional response points, click the Add icon [7].

To remove response points, click the Delete icon [8].

Set Correct Answers

Set Correct Answers

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

To move a response point to the timeline, hover the cursor over the response point to display the Move cursor [2]. Then, drag and drop the response point to the correct point on the number line [3].

Repeat for each response point.

Enter Alternate Answers

Enter Alternate Answers

To enter alternate answer choices, click the Add icon [1].

Enter the point value for each alternate answer in the Point(s) text box [2]. Then, click and drag each response point to the appropriate spot on the number line [3].

Repeat to add additional alternate answers.

To delete alternate answers, click the Delete icon [4].

To add additional scoring, layout, formatting, and labeling options for the item, click the More options drop-down menu [5].

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

To preview the item interaction, click the mouse on a response box and drag it to the number line. Repeat for all response boxes.

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].

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].