COMMON CORE Formative Item Bank

The Formative Item Bank includes reading and math items that cover Common Core standards in grades 1 through 8 and high school. New items are regularly added to the Formative Item Bank to expand standards coverage and provide more innovative item types.

What does our Formative Item Bank provide?

  • Items may be chosen by content area, grade level, standard, DOK level, and/or item type, giving teachers the flexibility to gather evidence of student understanding using different item types of varying levels of complexity.
  • Item types include selected-response, evidence-based selected-response, short-answer, constructed-response, extended-response, prose-constructed-response, technology-enhanced items, and performance tasks.
  • Each selected-response item includes distractor rationales that allow teachers to gauge students' misconceptions. Constructed- and extended-response items and performance tasks include rubrics and scoring notes that offer educators opportunities to practice scoring consistency.

Why use the Formative Item Bank?

Teachers can create their own reading and math assessments to assess a broad range of skills or a particular cluster or standard. Teachers can integrate individual items into instruction, or use them as exemplars for teaching the genre of assessment. The variety of uses provides information to plan instruction for tomorrow, next week, or next term.

The questions require students to understand new content and focus on standards that pose challenges. Students and teachers get instant feedback on individual progress, allowing for deep engagement in the formative assessment feedback loop.


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