AMP Starter Items

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AMP Starter Items contain a set of items that cover the ELA and Math Common Core Standards for K-12. The items can be added to managed assessments in AMP as Assessments Teams build out assessments for distribution in school buildings. AMP Starter Items appear as an option in the menu to associate question banks with a managed assessment in AMP.

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Step 1 — Open AMP Starter Items from a Managed Assessment

From your managed assessment, click From Question Banks and AMP Starter Items to launch the item bank. AMP Starter Items displays in a full screen modal:

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Step 2 — Search AMP Starter Items

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
  • Depth of Knowledge
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Grade Level
  • Keyword or Reference ID 
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.

Items containing the selected criteria load on the right. Search results also display the metatags associated with the items.

Note: The Common Core State Standards metatag is not included in Starter Items. Reach out to your Schoology representative if you require this metatag for your assessments.

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 AMP Starter Items by Learning Objectives Report to identify which learning objectives have starter items aligned for use. You can find the document in this Public Resources folder.

The document lists the learning objective reference. If the learning objective is not listed, then there are no starter items aligned to that standard.

Once you locate the learning objective in the report:

  1. Enter the reference in the Select Learning Objective search field.
  2. Select the objective from the auto-populated drop-down menu.
  3. Click New Search.
  4. The items containing the selected learning objective will load on the right.

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Search by Reference ID

You can search for items by using the item reference ID (e.g. ELA.RL.9-10.1.0006 as seen in the screenshot below). A reference ID is assigned to each learning objective in the item bank. Alternatively, you can search via the Learning Objective reference endpoint. For example, if you want to search for CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1, you can search by RL.9-10.1:

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Search by Keyword

Enter a keyword from the question or passage and search for similar items using the Keyword search:

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Step 3 — Preview the Item

Click the item's reference number title (for example ELA.L.7.5.0046) to preview the item. From the item preview, you can review the item and see the correct answer from the Show Answers option.

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Step 4 — Add the Item to the Managed Assessment

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

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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 AMP Starter Items and return to the managed assessment, click X in the upper-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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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I edit items I’ve added from the item bank?
No, items in AMP Starter Items cannot be edited. You may edit the point value of the items in your managed assessment but the question and answer setup cannot be edited.

How do I preview items?
Click the item’s reference ID title to preview items directly from the AMP Starter Items bank. The question, answer, and aligned learning objectives are displayed in this preview area:

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Once the items are added to the assessment, you can also preview the items from the Preview button in the upper-right of the managed assessment page:

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This preview displays the items as the student view only. It is not possible to view the answer or the aligned learning objectives from this area. The preview area is only available to AMP administrators and it is not an option at the course-level.

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