2018-19 Otus Product Releases

Author: Chris Hull | Blog, Release Notes |

Otus has many new updates and enhancements that will be released starting in May and through the first two months of the next school year. We thought that we would share the timeline of these releases with you today!

Spring 2018 Releases

PowerSchool Gradebook Integration
Scores generated in Otus will pass back to the PowerSchool Gradebook.

SBAC Analytics
Districts will be able to upload the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) summative assessment into Otus. This assessment is used in 14 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia).

Early Summer 2018 Releases

All New Student Profile
Student profiles will be more visual and comprehensive. Improved organization combined with more information displayed more visually will help educators better understand student performance. A screenshot of one view is shown below (if you don’t use NWEA, you will see the data that your school system uses).

Respondus LockDown Browser
Respondus is the “go to” lock down browser in edtech. Educators will be able to assign assessments utilizing this lockdown browser to help provide more security during testing.

Important note: lock down browsers often times present new problems for school systems. For example, the lock down browser may block websites or videos from being able to be displayed in a test item.

Control Inspect Item Bank Items
Administrators will be able to control what Inspect Items are visible to their teachers improving how items are managed for district common assessments.

Lesson Redesign
Teachers and administrators will be to quickly design more dynamic and visual lessons utilizing links, images, video, audio, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, computer files, and Otus Pages.

Query Enhancement
Districts will be able to query based upon Simple, Advanced, and Rubric Assessments.

NWEA Percentile Addition
Districts will be able to query based upon NWEA Percentiles.

New Tile for Other Assessments
When districts create an Other Assessment these will display as a distinct tile for users to further tailor to their needs and tools.

Infinite Campus and Skyward Gradebook Integrations
Scores generated in Otus will pass back to the Infinite Campus and Skyward Gradebooks.

Mid-Summer 2018

Report Card (traditional and/or standards-based)
Educators will be able to create and run report cards to communicate student performance. Below is a rendering of our current design:

Early Fall 2018

Users will be able to connect their NWEA data directly to Otus without needing to constantly upload their data via csv files.

One more thing….

Otus Mobile App for Phones
We are finalizing the design of a mobile app that we hope to release in the Fall of 2018. Our initial release will be designed for families and students and will showcase what we believe is the most important use of a mobile app, viewing grades (traditional or standards), and viewing assignments.

Our initial design is below:

Otus co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Chris Hull, spent 11 years as a middle school educator. Find him on Twitter @OtusHull.

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