Building Managed Assessments with KDS Inspect Item Bank (AMP)


The Key Data Systems (KDS) Inspect Item Bank integration is designed for districts looking for reliable, high-quality content in ELA, Math, History, and Science for grades K-12.

Schoology AMP customers can purchase access to KDS content and use it seamlessly within Schoology. If you are interested in this integration, reach out to your Schoology representative.

Once the integration is enabled for your organization, Inspect Item Bank appears as an option in the menu to associate question banks with a managed assessment in AMP.

This article covers the workflow for the KDS Inspect Item Bank integration. Use the links below to jump to a specific part of the article:

Open the Inspect Item Bank from a Managed Assessment

Search the Inspect Item Bank

Search by Learning Objective

Search by Reference ID or Keyword

Preview the Item

Add the Item to the Managed Assessment

Step 1 — Open the Inspect Item Bank from a Managed Assessment

Click Inspect Item Bank to launch the item bank. 

To search for items, choose search criteria from the drop-down menus in the search panel on the left. You can search by Learning Objective, Subject, Question Type, Difficulty, Depth of Knowledge, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Language, and Keyword.

Note: In order for an item to appear in the search results, it must match all search criteria. If no items are returned in the search results, make the query less restrictive by removing some criteria and try again.

Page through the list of results by clicking Next and Previous at the top or bottom of the page.

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Search by Learning Objective

Begin with the KDS Items by Learning Objectives Report for your state to identify which learning objectives have KDS items aligned for use. You can find the document for your state at the end of this article.

Note: If you do not see your state's standards at the end of the article, reach out to your Schoology representative.

Each document lists the Learning Objective reference. If the Learning Objective is not listed, then there are no KDS items aligned to that standard.

Important Notes: 
  • It is possible to search by a Learning Objective reference that is not aligned and return no results or a list of items that do not align with the Learning Objective for which you searched. Always check the Learning Objective reference from the document to be sure results should populate before you run your search.
  • Additionally, it's important to search by the "child" objective in a set of objectives. For example, if you search by "LA.CM.5.1" then results will not include items aligned to "LA.CM.5.1.e." Search by the exact Learning Objective reference as it appears in the document.

To search by Learning Objective:

  1. Copy the Learning Objective reference from the spreadsheet.
  2. Paste the exact reference into the Select Learning Objectives field.
  3. Click the reference when it appears in the drop-down list in the search field. See the gif below for an example.
  4. Click the title of an item within the search results to preview the item and see all of the Learning Objectives to which the item is aligned.


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Search by Reference ID or Keyword

You can also find a specific item by using the item reference ID (for example, E561759), or by typing in a keyword from the item. This reference ID is assigned by KDS.

Step 3 — Preview the Item

Click the item reference number (such as E561759) to preview the item. From the item preview, you can review the item and see the correct answer by clicking Show Answers.

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Step 4 — Add the Item to the Managed Assessment

To add an item to the managed assessment, click Add to Assessment in the upper right corner of the preview. Once the item has been added successfully, you can return to your search results or create a new search.

To add one or more items directly from the search results, check the box to the left of each item and click Add to Assessment.

To exit the Inspect Item Bank and return to the managed assessment, click the X in the top right corner.

Once the items have been added to a managed assessment, you can set the possible points per item, rearrange the items on the assessment, make the assessment active, and distribute the assessment to courses.

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