Top 10 Question Types in 2017 (Teacher Tools)

Edcite offers 60 technology-enhanced question types that align with online state assessments such as SBAC (Smarter Balanced), PARCC, AIR, ACT Aspire, and FSA (Florida State Assessments). Teachers can use these question types to create their own formative and summative assessments. This year we also improved our question type designs to make it even easier to create questions on Edcite.

Read on for the top 10 Edcite question types teachers used in 2017!

1. Free Response

Free Response was our most popular question type this year! Our Free Response question can be used across subjects, and teachers are able to add digital rubrics to make grading easy. You will find this question listed as #101 on our Create Question page.

Free Response

2. Fill in the Blanks

Teachers love our Fill in the Blanks question type, which is found on online state assessments. You can differentiate this question type by setting it as a drop-down, drag and drop, or type in answer. All options will be autograded. You will find this question listed as #002 on our Create Question page.

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3. Math Keypad

This question type is always a popular one for math teachers looking for state assessment alignment. It is also autograded! You will find this question listed as #062 (Multiple Answers) or #063 (Single Answer) on our Create Question page.

Student is entering the sum of the fractions using a math keyboard technology-enhanced question type.

4. Essay Response

Teachers can add multiple passages, videos, or audio clips to Essay Response questions. Digital rubrics can also be added for fast grading on Edcite, and teachers can incorporate annotations and comments for students to see on their grade report. You will find this question listed as #100 on our Create Question page.

Essay Response

5. Numeric Answer

The Numeric Answer question type asks students to enter their answer in the box, with the option to write in units. Answers will be automatically graded! You will find this question listed as #066 on our Create Question page. Edcite also offers a Randomized Numeric Response Question (#068). Teachers choose a variable, set a range for it, and then set the answer algebraically so that the question will grade automatically, even though all students will see a different problem.

Need a text version of this question? Check out Edcite’s Short Text Answer question type (#027), which is also autograded!

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6. Drag and Drop – Text / Drag and Drop – Math

The Drag and Drop – Text question is engaging for students and gives teachers a lot of freedom in how they want to set up the question. Images and tables can be embedded, making it a valuable question to use across subjects. It is also an autograded question type. You will find this question listed as #021 on our Create Question page.
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The Drag and Drop – Math question type is very popular because it aligns with online state assessments. Students can drag integers, expressions, images, or text. Teachers can also select an optional grid layout or background image. This autograded drag and drop question is listed as #022 on our Create Question page.

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7. Grouping Drag and Drop

Teachers and students love this question type, and it can be used across all levels and subjects. Teachers have the ability to set up answer choices as text or images. This is an autograded question type. You will find it listed as #041 on our Create Question page.

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8. Select Box Response

This multiple choice question type uses larger boxes for answer choices. Teachers can set multiple correct answers and include images or graphs as answers. This autograded question type is listed as #004 on our Create Question page.

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9. Match Text-to-Text

Students have a lot of fun with this question type as they show their learning! Students match items from two lists, and Edcite autogrades their answers. You will find this question type listed as #041 on our Create Question page.

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10. Tabular Checkbox Answer

This question type appears on many online state assessments. Teachers can set up the table with multiple questions or problems and answers. You will find this autograded question listed as #010 on our Create Question page.

Elementary Math Tabular Choice



What is your favorite question type on Edcite? Share on social media with the tag #EdciteQuestionType!

Top 10 Assignments in November (Teacher Resources)

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In November, students submitted almost 300,000 assignments! Listed below are the top ten assignments (click on the assignment name to view them). You can make a copy of any of these assignments and customize them to fit the needs of your students.

1. Nonfiction Article: The Kudzu Plant: 1050 submissions

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2. American Government: Basic Principles of the Constitution: 1015 submissions

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3. 7th CFA Expressions and Equations 2017-2018: 744 submissions

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4. 6th Grade 2017 FALL AIR Readiness Assessment: 741 submissions

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5. Grade 3 Fable: The Lion and The Mouse: 724 submission

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6. American Government: Civic Participation and Skills: 712 submissions

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7. 4th Grade 2017 Fall AIR Readiness Assessment: 655 submissions

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8. Figurative Language Practice – RL.6.4, L.6.5: 646 submissions

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9. Nonfiction – Overcoming Adversity – Paired Texts: 480 submissions

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10. GW Regions: 432 submissions

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Do you have a great assignment that you’d like to share with our community? Share your assignment in our Edcite Assignment Library or share on social media!

20 Best Digital Assignments (2016)


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As we begin a new year, we are taking a look back at what our community assigned throughout 2016. While over 19,600 digital assignments have been shared in our Assignment Library, below you will find some of the best assignments sent to students in 2016.

Continue reading 20 Best Digital Assignments (2016)

Our Test Prep Playlist: ELA

Last week, we posted a blog post with links to our math test prep resources and the response was overwhelming! ‘Tis the testing season, after all. Based on this positive response, we chose to spend this week’s blog post highlighting our exceptional ELA resources as well. We hope these are helpful!

SmarterBalanced Resources

Practice Tests

Grade Assignment Name Short URL
3 ELA SBAC Practice Test
7 ELA Practice Test
8 ELA Practice Test

Performance Tasks

Grade Assignment Name Short URL
4 ELA Performance Task
6 ELA Performance Task
7 ELA Performance Task
8 ELA Performance Task
11 ELA Performance Task

Other Practice Assignments for SmarterBalanced

Grade Assignment Name Short URL
3 ELA SBAC Practice Assignment
6-8 SBAC Prep
7 Frederick Douglass

PARCC Resources

Elementary School Resources

Grade Assignment Name Short URL
3 Gr. 3 PARCC Practice
4 PARCC Practice: Foster Care
4 PARCC Practice: Secret Garden
5 5th grade PR
5 PARCC EOY Practice



Middle + High School

Grade Assignment Name Short URL
6 Module B PARCC Practice
7 PARCC Task 1
8 Happiness PARCC Research Task
8 Research Simulation Task
8 The Giver Final Test
11 Crucible ELA Assessment

A huge thank you to all the teachers who created these outstanding assignments and shared them with the greater community. If you have come across any other helpful ELA resources in the Edcite library, please share in the comments below!