How to Create an Assessment

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This article explains how to create an assessment. This requires the Basic or Premium plans’ assessment builder functionality(Understand the plans here.)

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Assessments have these 7 major elements:

  1. Assessment name – A name for for the assessment is required. Making a clear naming system helps users navigate various assessments more easily.
  2. Questions with numbering and names – Numbering is mandatory. Short names are optional.
  3. Standards alignments – Align questions with one or more standards. These are necessary for most of the functionality of Forefront.
  4. Question text and images – Although not necessary, we do display this information both in the data entry spreadsheets and in the reports.
  5. Flexible scoring scales – Set your scoring scale to have any minimum and any maximum number of points. Half points can also be added where that is desirable.
  6. Rubric descriptions – When these are available, we encourage users to add descriptions for each of the possible scores. This is especially important for interview and observational assessments.
  7. Performance level alignments – Align point values/ranges for to up to 5 different performance levels.

Access the Assessment Builder to Create Folders and Assessments

In order for users to be able to create assessments to be added to your district’s courses, they will need a user role that includes “District Catalog Write” for their account. See managing User Roles for more information about this.

Look for the assessment tab on the left side navigation bar. Clicking it leads to the new file structure, which better organizes assessments for users.

In the lower right-hand corner, there are options to create a new assessment or a new folder. Users can build their own organization system with folders to most effectively organize their district, school, or personal assessments.


Building Assessments

After clicking “Create Assessment,” users will be taken to the assessment builder, shown below.


Assessment creators will add the 7 elements mentioned above.

1. Assessment Name

Step one is to create a name for the assessment. This will be required to assign the assessment.


2. Questions with Numbering and Names

The next step is to add the questions. Click the “+ Add Question” button as shown below.


Click the arrow as indicated in red in the screenshot below to access and modify question details.


Questions can be edited in both the overview view, left, (which shows the most essential elements needed for each) and in the question detail view, below right.

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Question numbers can be modified (for example, 1a and 1b). Best practice for naming the question is to use a short phrase that informs users what the question is, but doesn’t take the question verbatim unless it is short (there is place to include the full question in the question detail view).

If questions need to be reordered after creation, use the horizontal line icon to move them up and down one at a time.


3. Standards Alignment

Can be accessed in either the following spots. Note that the image on the right is the view for question details:

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Standards can either be searched for by code or accessed in a drop down menu.

4. Question Text and Images

Can be accessed in the following spot, in detailed view. This is the place to include the full question text and any relevant images.


Providing more context, whether images or text, helps users as they look back at assessment history.

5. Flexible Scoring Scales

Can be accessed in either of the following spots. Note that the image on the right is the view for question details and that the half point option can only be accessed in the question detail view:

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Rubric Descriptions

Can be accessed in the following spots. Note that the image on the right is the view for question details:


Adding rubrics is helpful for teachers and users as they grade, but are particularly helpful when using the interview tool to assess, shown below.


Proficiency Alignments and Performance Bands

Setting performance alignments, sometimes called cutoff scores, correctly is important for accurately assessing student competency.

Question Level Alignments

Can be accessed in the following spots. Note that the image on the right is the view for question details:


Overall Proficiency Alignment

It is important to set the overall proficiency levels for the assessment before finishing up.


Adding Documents

This is a great opportunity to “keep it all together:” Add copies of the assessment, rubrics, or guides teachers may need.


Adding Assessment to District Courses

Once your assessment is built see Assigning Assessments to District Courses to see how to assign your assessment to courses.


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