High Quality Data Depends on High Quality Test Items

Assessments are only as good as the items that build them, which is why SchoolCity offers two large, high-quality item banks: the Formative Assessment Item Bank (FAIB) from NWEA™ and the INSPECT® item bank from Key Data Systems.
SchoolCity Item Banks
Both banks are designed to provide educators with reliable and balanced measures of student progress toward college and career readiness. Developed by teams of content experts, each item is designed to yield useful, valid assessment data that can be used to inform instruction. Currently, NWEA™ and INSPECT® offer separate banks of items aligned exclusively to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Both our state- and Common Core-aligned items:
  • Go through a rigorous content and editorial review process
  • Adhere to industry standards for quality item writing
  • Include rationales for correct and incorrect student answer choices
  • Measure a range of cognitive levels and vary in difficulty
The Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™)

NWEA™ Formative Assessment Item Bank

Accurate, reliable test data comes from well-built assessments using high-quality items. With the Formative Assessment Item Bank, teachers and kids realize the promise of smart testing: improved teaching and learning.

The NWEA™ Formative Assessment Item Bank includes:
  • Over 70,000 items covering ELA, Math, Social Science, and Science
  • Alignment to all fifty states' academic standards
  • A separate Common Core State Standards bank
  • Innovative items (coming soon!)
The Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™)

November, 2012:
Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Assessments

NWEA™ recognizes the current shifts in curriculum and assessment taking place across the country driven by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next-Generation Assessments being created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Consortiums. As educators move forward with the critical work of implementing the CCSS and preparing students for the tests that will assess these standards, the need for instructional data has never been greater. Educators need the right tools to help students meet and exceed the rigorous academic expectations and demands of the 21st century.

NWEA™ is committed to providing educators with an item bank of high-quality, standards-based items that measure the CCSS and reflect the Next Generation Assessments. The items in the Item Bank are designed to be used to create custom formative assessments at both the district and classroom levels to provide valuable student data to help guide and improve instruction.
  • Total Common Core State Standards Aligned Items: 51,987

NWEA's Complete Statement on CCSS and Next Generation Assessments
Key Data Systems

Key Data System's INSPECT®

INSPECT® is an innovative, living test bank. The bank is composed of over 26,000 items that are written to assess the Common Core State Standards with hundreds of new items added each month. INSPECT® employs a professional team of item writers based throughout the country to write items specifically targeting the Common Core State Standards and/or the California Content Standards. Throughout this process, each item writer maintains a focus on content accuracy, grade level rigor, standard alignment, an evidence-centered design, and cognitive complexity. The item writers strive to provide the most-likely wrong answers with clear rationales so that the most common cognitive disconnects may be revealed and targeted for intervention. Constructed response items are accompanied by thorough rubrics to provide educators with a comprehensive look into levels of understanding.

With the ever-increasing expectations of the Common Core State Standards, new, innovative item types have become a major focus to be able to fully gauge students' mastery of the standards. As a result, professional INSPECT® item writers have been developing these new types of items for assessment purposes.

In addition to the item bank, INSPECT® offers a large library of pre-made CCSS, ELD, Algebra Readiness and CAHSEE assessments at no additional cost. In order to provide educators the resources they need to address CCSS and 21st century assessment demands, a comprehensive suite of assessments have been developed including Interim Formative Assessments, End of Year Summative Assessments, and Performance Tasks for all tested grade levels for ELA and math.

INSPECT® has been developed in close partnership with hundreds of schools and educators. The INSPECT® team quickly responds to any issue reports or item requests within a timely manner to ensure that support is available every step of the way.

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