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Is there a way to create questions in an assessment (not test/quiz) and then save them to a question bank yet? I know that question banks can be associated with assessments, but I don't see a way to migrate the questions from the assessment to a test bank in resources. Thanks!

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    Charles Black Official comment

    Hi Jennifer!

    Thanks for posting your question! We have OODLES of new features coming to Assessments in Schoology and yep, Question Banks are on the Roadmap! Please visit: https://sgyroadmap.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000484227-Question-Banks-for-Course-Assessments and click Follow to get updated on our progress with Question Banks for Assessments!

    Thank you!

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    Bill Seder

    This is no longer listed on the roadmap, and the link you provided no longer works. Could we have an update? This is a feature that many at our school we're anticipating.

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    Mr. Straube

    Is it possible to say whether this feature is going to be limited to only certain users? It seems like the project roadmap went from suggesting this would be a feature for everyone to recently suggesting it might only be available for those using AMP. 

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    Claire de Lacy

    Hi all,

    Thank you for your interest in Question Banks for Course Assessments! I wanted to provide more context on this to avoid any confusion over our Product Roadmap. Schoology encourages instructors to utilize Assessments as we continuously add more features. While the long-term plan for Schoology is to enhance Course Assessments and phase out the Test/Quiz feature, we want to ensure a seamless transition for everyone using our original testing feature. At this time, we decided to take Question Banks for Assessments out of the research and planning stage of our development process.

    The Product Roadmap is a snapshot of what we are planning to do at a given point in time - but like everything else in life, even the best-laid plans are subject to change. Since the research and planning for Question Banks for Assessments is on-hold, we wanted to remove it from the Product Roadmap so users are not confused about what Schoology is currently developing. That is the ultimate purpose of having a public roadmap - keeping our users up-to-date on the decisions being made and work being done at Schoology.

    We recommend that you click Follow on each section of the Product Roadmap to stay up to date on other key features we're building:

    Additionally, at this time, AMP users may convert Test/Quiz and Course Assessments into AMP Question Banks. I hope this information is helpful!

    Best,

    Claire de Lacy
    Knowledge Management Specialist
    Schoology, Inc.

    Edited by Claire de Lacy
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    Carol Roth

    Hi Claire,

    While that was helpful for us understanding better, it is not good news. As a technology integrator I have to be certain the needs of our teachers are being met in the best ways possible. I will not be suggesting our teachers shift from Test/Quiz to Assessments until there is a Question Bank available for them there. The collaborative Question Bank is an integral part of how we run things in our district. I certainly appreciate the wide variety of question options in Assessments but that is not everything to us. I have the distinct feeling we are being pushed into purchasing AMP, even though it really does not meet our needs.

    Thank you,

    Carol Roth

    Technology Integrator

    Central York School District

    York, PA

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    Claire de Lacy

    Hi Carol,

    Thank you for reaching out in the Community! I understand your concerns regarding Question Banks for Assessments. Although we've taken it out of the research and planning stage of our development process - that doesn’t mean we are not going to implement them at all. We just aren’t working on it right now. We understand how integral question banks are to any testing experience, and we’ll be implementing Question Banks for Assessments before the Test/Quiz is retired.

    I hope this clarifies things! 

    Best,

    Claire de Lacy
    Knowledge Management Specialist
    Schoology, Inc.

     

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    Philip Pulley Ed.D.

    Claire,

    This seems to be a poorly timed move on Schoology's part that makes it seem as if they are more interested in AMP users than other Enterprise users. I work in a small district with no curriculum director, no tech integration specialist, and no department chairs. AMP is a nice tool but not something we can afford on top of our Enterprise subscription and as you can see, we have no one that could begin to implement AMP.

    Without test banks, grade by question, and the ability to comment on questions I will now stop using assessments. I had been keeping tests as Test/Quiz to use test banks, but with this additional move back from "full parity" with Test/Quiz I will no longer be converting shorter, daily T/Q sets to assessments until those enhancements are added and features that don't work are fixed. (T/F Qs that require correction)

    Dr. Philip Pulley

    Fieldcrest High School

    2018 Schoology Ambassador of the Year

    Assessment Issues Discussion

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=16pVf3H2MmreGjTUa2Uyg4uZ2x45K3Tfe 

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    Luann Lee

    Hello, Claire, 

    I believe our district is an Enterprise user. We are small and most of us are single-subject teachers, so the need to share assessment banks is not needed. What I DO need is a way to store questions on assessments. Currently, I have one assessment with ALL my questions, organized as best I can. When I want to use some of the questions, I make a copy of the main assessment and delete all the others. This takes a ridiculous amount of time. I don't know how anything else on the roadmap could take precedence over an assessment bank for enterprise users when mandated standardized testing is a priority in most every state right now. Please, please ask to have assessment banks put back in the "do it now!" category. 

     

    Luann Lee, EdD, NBCT

    Waynesfield-Goshen School District

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    Philip Pulley Ed.D.

    Luann,

    I haven't switched from Test/Quiz for summative assessments for this reason. I only use Assessments for smaller, in-class work. This is such a shame because there are so many great question types, but not having question banks is a deal breaker. 

    Notice also that I got no response from Schoology on this and I am their Ambassador of the year and they asked me to write a journal article for them. 

    Phil

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    Luann Lee

    Phil, 

    I want to use assessments because they mimic our state EOC biology test. I can't replicate the type of questions on the state test using the Test/Quiz feature. I maintain my own website with assignments and so much more. I can hand-code a page on my own website faster than I can click a million times to add things to Schoology, and still can't quite rearrange them as I like. (I'd like a whole month's calendar to be visible in its entirety for students.) Frankly, except the Assessment feature (that promised a bank) I do not use Schoology at all.  

    Luann

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    Claire de Lacy

    Hi Phil and Luann,

    Thank you for your additional feedback. Rest assured we do carefully monitor all feature idea posts and comments. Due to the high volume of requests, it’s not possible to personally respond to every posted request and comment.

    We understand Question Banks for Assessments is an integral part of the move from Test/Quiz to Assessments. We've kept an open dialogue with our Product team on this topic and your feedback is being heard.

    As we already mentioned in our past comments, Question Banks for Assessments is still forecast for Course Assessments (not just AMP), but it is not in research or development just yet. We'll be sure to let you know when we have an update and we'll add it to the Product Roadmap as soon as we start working on planning and building this important feature.

    Best,

    Claire de Lacy
    Knowledge Management Specialist
    Schoology, Inc.

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    Philip Pulley Ed.D.

    Claire,

    Still not going to use it for anything other than small assignments.

    Again, love the question types but to pull the implementation of this key feature until some unknown distant time is hardly acceptable given that initially, full parity with Test/Quiz should have happened. 

    That it is not even on the roadmap is beyond disappointing, so much so that I can't recommend assessments for testing so most staff haven't even engaged with it.

    Dr. Philip Pulley

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    Professor SAN MIGUEL

    Claire, what feature request has Schoology actually added that teachers have requested? I'm looking at the completed list and its been over 2 years since any of our request were completed that were posted in the community, except for individually assigning folders. Most of the things on the product road map are not features that were asked for in the community by the actual teachers using Schoology.

    I was waiting patiently for a year for these banks as they were on your time line, and then this vital feature suddenly disappears! In lui of such a vital feature, we get features we simply do not need. Why aren't the teachers  that are using your product listened to? The assessment test bank is integral to reusing and sharing assessment questions.

    I am disappointed in the failure of Schoology to address the request of teachers and also, the lack of marking which parts on assessments students have missed without displaying the correct answers.

    I make very robust assessments with multiple parts. It often takes me 4 hours just to complete one interactive assessment. As of now, every question in the assessment is stuck in the assessment, and can't ever be shared or used in any other assessment. This is sad.

    This feature trumps EVERY single feature on your currently "planned" and "in research" list. Who is deciding what gets changed? It doesn't appear to be us educators.

     

     

     

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    Justin Larson

    Professor SAN MIGUEL, Philip, Luann, 

    I could not agree more with all of you.  Assessments was released, but you couldn't print the tests, and test banks were not a part of it.  In all of my communications with Schoology, the response was, "don't worry, they are coming".  Now, reading these comments, I see that those statements were not accurate.  Now I pushed Assessments to my teachers, and they are frustrated with the lack of having test banks.  Since Schoology doesn't include Respondus lock-down browser with their platform (they should), assigning random questions is one of the only ways we can ensure testing fidelity and accuracy in our high school.  

    Very disappointed in Schoology.  How this isn't one of the top priorities is just baffling to me.  

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    Philip Pulley Ed.D.

    Justin,

    Agreed. Despite what Claire states above, at NEXT in Boca, we were told unequivocally that test banks for assessments were back on the roadmap by Joel. 

    They are still not on the roadmap.

    Phil

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    Melinda Mueller

    I agree with all the above.  The fact that assessments are not usable with test banks, and no longer even in R & D is unresponsive to the requests of users--teachers, curriculum managers, etc.  I prefer many features of "assessments" over those of "quizzes/tests," but not being able to create and share assessment question banks is a SERIOUS flaw.

    Melinda M.

     

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