What’s New in Otus?
At Otus, we pride ourselves on being responsive to educator’s needs and innovating to provide the best possible experience with technology. That’s why 98% of educators who use Otus say the tool makes them more efficient and saves them an average of 2 hours per week! Check out our latest product updates here so you never miss a new feature.
Data-driven decision-making can transform teaching and learning – that’s why we’ve made some exciting updates that provide educators with an improved and more intuitive experience when analyzing student data.
Move Student Assessments
One of our most requested features is on the way! When a student’s schedule changes, you will be able to transfer their assessment progress and scores to the appropriate class.
Improved Third-Party Analytics
The visuals in Otus’ third-party analytics have been refreshed, providing an improved and more intuitive experience when analyzing student data. Some of new and noteworthy enhancements include:
- Student data opens in a new page, making it easier to focus on the scores you are analyzing and eliminating any other distractors.
- Student data for the current school year will automatically populate. Educators can use the calendar to select an alternate time frame.
- The ability to view student data using a line graph or bar graph.
- A more intuitive experience when comparing and contrasting student attempts including graphs that are stacked and easier to interpret as well as a hover tool that highlights common performance levels across assessments for a glance at how many students fall into a particular level.
Question Analysis: Student Drilldown
Educators can see a breakdown of which students answered an assessment question correctly or incorrectly as well as their specific answer selections on multiple choice and true/false items.
Display Overall Performance for Non-Points Assessments
Understand how students performed on assessment questions or rubric descriptors with a color-coded visual that breaks down overall proficiency levels in the Assessments Gradebook.
Otus will sort question performance into color-coded groups that align with the language and color utilized in a school district’s standards-based grading scale. The size of each colored group will vary and indicate the frequency of responses that fall into a particular proficiency level. This feature is available for administrators, teachers, students, and families.
Updated Grading Scale Colors
Administrators can now choose from ten unique color options when creating a custom grading scale. This allows for more customization of grading scales and will display the chosen colors across the Otus platform.
Administrator Activity Dashboard Updates
Administrators can view which progress monitoring plans are most often used, how many students are being exited from plans, and which third-party data sets have been updated with new data.
Use Current Enrollment in Reports
Administrators can create Query and Historical Reports using only the students who are actively enrolled in the student group(s) they have selected. For example, if you want to run a report for IEP students, when you select “Current Enrollment” you are only running the report for students currently with an IEP – not students who were at one point during the current school year assigned to the IEP group.
Edit Advanced Assessment Content
Educators can edit the content of an advanced assessment after it’s been assigned to students. This allows you to easily fix typos, update correct answer(s), update item/question styling, link/unlink standards, and add/delete questions.
Administrator Activity Dashboard
When administrators log in to Otus, they see interactive graphs that answer critical questions about student data including:
- Who is logging in to Otus, from which site, and when are these logins occurring?
- How many assessments are we assigning and grading?
- Which types of assessments are we assigning?
- Which standards are we gathering the most data on?
- Are we consistently measuring performance on standards?
Administrators can filter their activity dashboard by site and timeframe.
AI Question Generator
Use AI to automatically generate multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions in Otus Simple Assessments. Simply pick the question type, write a short description of what you would like students to do, and optionally link the question to a learning standard for more tailored content. AI-enhanced Otus will then suggest a high-quality question or prompt for educators to use in their assessment.
Assessment Analytics provides a comprehensive set of tools for analyzing performance on any Otus assessment. Educators can:
- Analyze overall performance for all students or specific groups of students such as IEP, English Language Learners, and more
- Drill down to see the learning standard(s) associated with each question and how students responded to the question
- Track overall progress toward every learning standard to which the assessment was aligned
- Use interactive visuals to easily locate standards that need to be revisited in future instruction as well as those that they can move past
- Group students with similar strengths or needs together to differentiate or better support using a progress monitoring plan
Third-Party Data Automation to Progress Monitoring Plans
Student scores from any third-party assessment (NWEA MAP, Renaissance, iReady, AIMSWeb, and more) can be connected to progress monitoring plans so the data automatically updates as students participate in testing. This time-saving feature enables stakeholders to better focus on meeting student needs.
Add Students to Groups Using Plans Data
Educators can add students to groups using the overall performance level of their progress monitoring plans. Groups can be used to disaggregate and analyze student data in other areas of Otus including 3rd Party Analytics, Assessment Analytics, and Standards Analytics.
Total Grades Display in the Student Profile
Educators can view overall performance by class and grading scale in the Gradebook section of the Student Profile. This high-level look at student performance saves educators time and provides a more clear picture of overall progress.
Redesigned Student and Family Gradebooks
Students and families can now view all classes and all overall grades for every grading scale on a single screen. This means overall formative and summative grades (or grades for any scales being used) can be viewed side-by-side providing a clear picture of student performance.
Preview a Plan Template
Administrators now have the ability to preview a progress monitoring plan as it is being built. This enhancement enables administrators to visualize the plan in its final form to ensure the flow and organization make sense for all who will use the plan to support students.
Download a Student’s Plan
Educators can download a student’s progress monitoring plan to print or share the PDF digitally. If a school has enabled plans visibility to students and/or families, they would also have this same option. This feature better enables all stakeholders to access, share, and save important student growth data in an accessible format.
Student Plans Display in the Student Profile
Educators can view any progress monitoring plans that a student may be working on in their student profile side-by-side with assessment scores, standards-based grades, 3rd party data, family communications, and more.
Visualize how students responded to multiple choice questions on an assessment. View the total number of correct and incorrect responses or dig deeper to see the percent and number of students who selected each possible answer option.
Analyze how students responded to each question on an assessment and view any standards the question was aligned to.
Student Performance Breakdown
Educators can analyze performance on all of the standards measured on an assessment and easily pinpoint students who are struggling or those who have mastered the standards to provide enrichment using interactive visuals.
Assessments by Status
Easily sort students by completion status when grading assessments – no more sifting through class lists to locate student work that is ready for feedback.
Easily Add Multiple Goals
Quickly create progress monitoring plans. Add all of the goals (or plan items!) at one time to save clicks.
Custom Student and Family Permissions
- Students and their families have access to personalized learning plans and progress monitoring data directly in the Otus platform from their own accounts.
- Students and families can track and update progress on personalized learning plans directly in Otus.
- Download student data from a progress monitoring plan.