You must submit a completed Collection by 11:59 PM, EDT, on June 7, 2015. Please read this entire section before starting your Collection. The process is described here so you can learn exactly what is required to compete. You will also want to review the trait-scoring rubric so that you can craft a Collection of items that best represents the four criteria of the rubric: Aligned, Coherent, Rigorous, and Instructive.

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Every registered item writer must complete the Collection as described here. Please read the entire section before submitting questions.

  1. Only an individual can submit a Collection. However, you are encouraged to connect and collaborate with our online community of item writers in order to submit your best work.
  2. A Collection consists of ten items that support the 7th grade Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
  3. Each item within the Collection consists of three required parts: the question, the profile, and the supporting materials. All three parts for each of the ten items in the Collection must be completed in order to create a valid submission.
  4. Each Collection should include some items that challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills in response to real-world tasks.
  5. The items in each Collection should help assist educators in the formative assessment of a student's level of understanding of mathematical concepts, focusing on algebra readiness.

You will create your Collection using CoreSpring’s Authoring Tool. Take time to understand how to use this tool and how to best highlight the strengths of your Collection. The Authoring Tool includes Help files, which can answer any question you may have about how to create an item. Once you have registered and logged in, you may ask questions on the discussion forum(s) and access a video that demonstrates how to create a Collection.


All items will be created using the CoreSpring Authoring Tools. To create an item question, type in the text box, and insert an interaction type, such as multiple choice, fill in the blank, ordering, graphing, and more. An item can contain a single interaction type or be multi-part with several questions and interactions. You can Add Feedback (optional) for student responses and change the Scoring of an item to allow for partial credit or to adjust the weighting of a multi-part item. To test the item, you can click the Preview Question button before finalizing it. In order for the Collection to be complete, you must create ten individual items. Items will be judged based on the trait-scoring rubric and not the specific form of an item. Be sure to create items that can elicit evidence of the mastery of the standard(s) that you select in the Item Profile tab.


The profile contains information and key data used to store and find an item (e.g., Common Core State Standard alignment, Bloom's Taxonomy assignment, key skills, and copyright information). Item writers are encouraged to include as much information as possible.


Please provide the name of the Item.


Please provide a description of how an educator can use this item in a classroom and any other information that may help an educator understand how the item was designed.


Please indicate the area of Mathematics to which the item corresponds.


If applicable, choose a related subject.


This field will be already completed for you. It will display 07.


In the Standards text box, type the beginning text of the Common Core State Standard to which the item aligns. You can add additional standards as necessary. You do not need to select anything from the Subject, Category, or Sub-Category drop-down list boxes.


Select the appropriate Depth of Knowledge. Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) provides a vocabulary and a frame of reference when thinking about students and how they engage with content.

Select the appropriate assignment from Bloom’s Taxonomy. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a classification system used to define and distinguish different levels of human cognition— (i.e., thinking, learning, and understanding).

Select one or more Key Skills.


Indicate any Prior Use for the item and any Reviews Passed.


All items submitted as part of a Collection must be original work created by you. A submitted item cannot include any information (such as text or images) that are copyrighted by anyone other than you.

All Collections submitted are licensed under Creative Commons. Those items that reach a specific standard of quality are released as an open educational resource (OER) and distributed through CoreSpring, our partner and provider of the authoring tool. Please ensure that you familiarize yourself with the CC BY license so that you understand the copyright permissions you are granting.


All items must include supporting materials, such as rubrics, scoring guides, student materials, student work examples, and other information that may assist an educator to administer or review the item. Supporting materials can be created using the rich text editor.

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We'd like to thank our contributors. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has generously funded the development of the Algebra Readiness Challenge and the prize purse. CoreSpring has provided the authoring tools to create the items. Parcc Inc. provided invaluable guidance and outreach for the Challenge. CCSSO has provided support and guidance. And we'd like to especially thank Ted Coe, Ph.D., Director of Mathematics at Achieve, who donated his time and expertise in developing the trait-scoring rubric and judging protocols.