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Overview of the Assessment Library

The assessment library is a structure for storing and organizing both assessment definitions and question items and aligning them to the curriculum. The following types of question items are supported: multiple-choice, true/false, numeric response, fill-in-the-blank, and open-ended.

To prepare a question item, enter the text of the question, the possible responses, and the point values of those responses. The text of the question item can optionally include HTML formatting to incorporate text styles, mathematical symbols, tables of information, and other formatting effects.

The system of point values allows for weighting and for multiple correct responses to a question item. You can also upload a graphic image for a question item (GIF or JPEG) to incorporate illustrations, diagrams, and complex mathematical equations. Finally, question items are aligned to the curriculum.

The assessment library can also contain question item sequences, which consist of narrative text with an optional graphic followed by a sequential series of question items that refer to the narrative.

The library also stores and organizes assessment definitions. An assessment definition defines a test that will be administered to students. An assessment definition includes the name of the assessment, answer key, mastery cutoff scores, links to question items, and alignment references to the curriculum statements being assessed.

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