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Updates & Releases

We’re always working to improve Otus and give you the best user experience. Check out our newest updates and releases below, along with links to the Knowledge Base.

⭐  Indicates a brand new feature


    Gradebook: Filters moved onto the page for easier visibility and navigation.

    Gradebook: The gradebook is now wider for easier visibility and navigation.

    Gradebook: Updated CSV names for easier readability.

    Points Gradebook: Assignment percent column now in the CSV.

    Points Gradebook: Display due dates on individual students’ points gradebook page. 


     Standards Gradebook: Filters will “stick” while navigating the gradebook until logout.


     Standards Gradebook: Block assessment content that cannot be reviewed from the attempt in the standards gradebook.

     Standards: Enhancements to IL State Spanish Language Arts, Utah State Standards, and Kentucky State Standards.


     District: Search field added for Teacher and Student Groups.

     Lessons: Visual updates to Assigned Lessons.

     Standards: Additional sets of state standards added.


     Assessments & Lessons: Ability to remove a due date.

     Lessons: Visual updates to Manage Assignees

     Exports: Grade level column added to Points Gradebook export.

     Plans: Display percentages on horizontal bar charts and tooltips.


     Assessments: Visual updates to Advanced Assessment builder and Manage Assignees

     Exports: New export available: Student Group Membership.

     Mailbox: Improvements to email address validation & successful sending of messages to valid emails.

     Standards: New Michigan State Standards now available.

     Item Banks: Navigate item bank is now called Mastery item bank. 


     Exports: New export available: Student Information

     Student Profile: Assessment report; new format. 


     Advanced Assessments: Updated to the newest version of the TextHelp Speechstream toolbar.

     Bookshelf: Content is now paginated (20 resources per page).


     Custom Standards: Moved to a new location within the platform.

     Assessments: New confirmation modal for unassigning assessments.


      Sunset: Click here for more information on the removal (sunset) of certain features and modules in Otus.

      Exports: New exports available – Assessments Graded per Educator and Assessments Graded with Points per Student.


      Missing Assessment Report: Download a CSV of a student’s missing assessments from the Student Profile.

      Exports: New export available – Active Classes + Rostering.


      Advanced & Simple Assessments: Time to complete now available in Assessment Analytics 2.0.

      Lessons: Class column added to student’s assigned lessons page.


      Advanced & Simple Assessments: Ability to preview within the assessment builder.

      Rubric Assessments: Auto-saving while grading.


      Advanced Assessments: Printing improvements


       Plans: Item Status Analytics.

Analytics: Exports.


      Simple Assessments: Ability to preview within the builder.


      Historical Analytics: Ability to download and/or print charts.


      Standards Analytics 2.0: Data now displayed in horizontal bar charts, in addition to improved performance.


      Assessments: Created date is now visible in the Edit Details menu of a draft assessment.

      Assessments: Who assigned the assessment and the assigned date is now visible in the View Details menu of an assigned assessment.

      Assessments: Character limit increase for Instructions (now 5,000).

      Advanced Assessments: Previewing an Advanced Assessment is now available in the assessment builder.


      Assessments: Due date time now appears along with the date in both the teacher’s and student’s assigned assessments view.


      Plans: Download Student CSV.


      Plans: Overall Status Analytics.


      Classes: Classes view updated to list form.

      Assessments: Visual updates to the Drafts and Assigned Assessments pages.


      Analytics:  Send a copy of a Query report.

      Plans: Add attachments to status updates.


      Analytics:  Clone a Query report.

      Mailbox:  Subject line added to emails sent from the mailbox.

      Assessments: Entirety of multiple choice options displayed on Simple Assessments.


      Plans: Send a copy of a plan template.


      Plans:  Clone a plan template.

      Assessments: Unsubmit a Simple or Advanced assessment.


      Plans: Exit a student from a plan.

      Plans: Reactivate a student’s plan.


⭐ Plans: Our newest module, Plans, is now available!

      To Do List: Assessments marked as “missing” (graded or ungraded) appear on the To Do List for students and families.

      Assessments: Rubric – the submission status can now be updated directly from the whole-class grading page.

      Single Sign On: Class Link has been added as a Single Sign On (SSO) option.


        Assessments: Improvements to Math Essay, Chemistry Essay, Essay with Rich Text, and Drawing questions for Advanced Assessments.  


⭐ Physical Fitness Test (PFT): Ability to add PFT data to Otus.

⭐ LTI for Lessons: Ability to add LTI directly to lessons.


⭐ Gradebook: Available option for Total Grade Conversion: “Show Raw Total Grade Conversion Calculation”.


⭐ Lessons: Lesson Folders

⭐ Assessments: Ability to adjust the auto-score settings for standards-based Advanced Assessments

      Analytics: Optimized Standards Analytics 2.0


      Platform Wide: Visual updates to tables (ex. Standards Analytics 1.0)


⭐ Analytics: Assessment Analytics 2.0 


⭐ Lessons: Assessment activities 

⭐ Gradebook: Standards Gradebook Override

      Analytics: Advanced Assessments added to Historical analytics

      Assessments: Simple assessment question popup updates


       Lessons: Visual updates for teacher’s assigned lessons page 

       Assessments: Students now have a search field when in the assessments module

       To Do List: Student is directed to assessment on click

       Analytics: Historical analytics available for administrators


⭐  GradebookTotal grade conversion for points gradebook

       Mailbox: Updated text editor

       Lessons: Activity tile visual updates


⭐  To Do List: Assessments added

       Analytics: NWEA updates


⭐  AssessmentsNew question type for Advanced Assessments; video recorder

⭐  Classes: “Foreign Language” changed to “World Language”

⭐  Family: New gender-neutral family relationship options

      Assessments: Student module updates

      Lessons: Student module updates


⭐  Assessments: New assign setting for missing assessments

⭐  To Do List: Created and added to the home page


⭐  Lessons: Ability to edit “link” activities

⭐  Gradebook: Total Grade Conversion (non-points) added as a setting in the Control Center


       Lessons: “Seen” status added

       Lessons: Preview button added in builder

       Report Card: PDF generation improvements


⭐  Lessons: Schedule to assign at a later date


⭐  Report CardAbility to add SIS, State, or Student ID

⭐  Gradebook: Ability to hide points gradebook

       Lessons: Removed “All Classes” from the classes dropdown in assigned lessons 


⭐  LessonsQuestion activities

⭐  Lessons: Student progress tracking

⭐  Class Board: Module redesign


⭐  Schoology LTI