Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Multiple Select Items

Multiple select items are quickly becoming the new way of assessing our students in the math classroom.  For those of us who are used to the MCAS recipe of multiple choice/short answer/open response, multiple select items will present a big change!  With multiple select questions, students have the ability to acknowledge more than one answer as correct.  Take the picture above as an example.  Both 1a. and 1c. are correct representations of the fraction 2/5.  This model makes it more difficult to guess the one correct answer and also better demonstrates what a real world dilemma might look like.  

Both PARCC and Smarter Balanced have decided to include multiple select items because being college and career ready often means representing your answer in multiple ways.  Although Massachusetts is a PARCC state, all math educators should feel free to explore the Smarter Balanced Sample Items.  They use the term non-traditional selected response items instead of multiple select and the example above is taken from their large bank of questions.

If you are wondering how to go about creating your own on-line multiple select items, I have the website for you!  Open Ed just announced a new assessment creation tool that includes multiple select response questions.  In order to use this tool, you must first set-up a free login at OpenEd.

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