Monthly Archives: August 2014

Writing TEI (Technology-Enhanced Item)

Here is another TEI (technology-enhanced item) Victory has developed for English language arts. We are trying to push the envelope on interactivity, but we need to keep within the framework of the PARCC and SBAC assessments that students will soon encounter.

Please take 2 minutes to watch the video; then play with the prototype Writing TEI here.

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TEI (Technology-Enhanced Item) for EBSR

Common Core assessments are going digital. We’ve made great progress in developing exciting technology-enhanced items (TEIs) for math and science. You can do so much with TEIs in these disciplines because it’s all about the math. But what about making TEIs for English language arts (ELA)? That’s a bit of a problem, because ELA is too open ended—there can be so many right answers.

One ELA approach used on printed tests is the EBSR (evidence-based selected response). Students answer a multiple-choice question (that’s the selected response), and then provide evidence to support their answer. On a printed test, you often give students a second multiple-choice question: which statement provides evidence for your answer in Part  A?

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