How do I create a short text item?

In Mastery Connect, you can create a short text item. A short text question is an item designed to allow a student to enter a small amount of text in response to a stimulus.

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]. As you type, your text will populate in the item preview section [2].

Set Correct Answers

Set Correct Answers

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

In the Allow drop-down menu, you can click to select either the Exact match or the Any text containing option [3].

In the Value field, enter a correct answer for your item [4].

Enter Alternate Answers

Enter Alternate Answers

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

Enter the point value for the item in the Point(s) text box [2].

Add alternative selections for the Allow drop-down menu and Value field [3].

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]. Learn more about adding passages and other features.

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

Validate Answers

To view correct and incorrect answers, click the Show Answers checkbox [1].

Enter an answer in the Item Preview response box [2].

Correct answers display a check mark and are shaded green [3].

Incorrect answers display an X and are shaded red [4]. If the answer in a response box is incorrect, the correct answer displays beneath in a response box that is shaded yellow [5].

The number of points awarded for the item as answered in the preview window over the number of points possible displays in the scoring bubble [6].

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].