The state of Virginia identifies TEI as technology enhanced items. These are items that are part of SOL testing which include more rigorous thinking and higher levels of processing information. I like to think of TEI as "thoughtfully engaged instruction". When we engage our students in TEI, we are teaching them to T-think flexibly, E-engage purposefully and I-increase in rigor!
TEI is a result of carefully planned instruction that includes ongoing assessment for learning. While practicing sample items will familiarize students with the mechanics of TEI question types, the more important practice is building learning to include "live" TEI where students use divergent and convergent thinking skills. TEI happens when we include multiple opportunities to search, sort, create and communicate information in innovative and probing ways!