How do I create an essay with rich text item?
In Mastery Connect, you can create an essay question with rich text. An essay with rich text is an item that allows the student to enter and format text in response to a prompt.
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 the essay question or prompt in the Compose question text field .
To add text formatting options for the student to use in the assessment, click the Text formatting options buttons . Selected formatting options display as shaded.
To set a word limit for the response, enter a maximum word count in the Word limit text box . To select how the word limit will display in the student view, click the Word limit drop-down menu and select a display option .
To display the word count in the student view, click the Show word count check box .
Selections display in the preview pane .
To add additional scoring, layout, formatting, and labeling options for the item, click the More options drop-down menu .
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.
To add optional features to the item, click the Add Feature button  and select the features you wish to add from the drop-down menu . Learn more about adding Passages and other features.
Note: The Desmos calculators are only available in districts that have paid Desmos subscriptions.
To add a rubric to the item, enter it in the Rubric text field .
Enter the total number of points possible in the rubric in the Rubric Total Points text field .
Save or Publish Item
To save the item as a draft and keep editing enabled, click the Save As Draft button . 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 . 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 . 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 question fields and return to the Create New Item page, click the Go Back button .