1. Plan ahead

Be sure to have your common/benchmarks assessments created and shared with teachers 7-10 days before your testing window opens. This will provide you with enough time to account for any unexpected scheduling, technology, or other issues without those issues becoming critical emergencies.

2. Take each test yourself

As you design assessments, it is possible that you will get into a groove and unintentionally leave a question out, fail to provide a correct answer, or misspell an item. Take each test to be sure that you know exactly what your students will see.

3. Share only locked assessments with teachers

If you share it as a locked assessment to the teachers as a group (Teacher Flag) then:

  • Teachers will be able to assign the assessment to their students when it makes sense
  • Teachers who need a printed copy for a student will have the ability to print the assessment
  • You will be able to review the aggregated data in Assessment Analytics and in Query (Query will be especially helpful when using data to identify students for programs)
  • Teachers will be able to review the data on their students from the assessment since they will have assigned it within their classes
  • Principals and lead teachers will be able to view the overall data for a grade level and break it down by teacher because the assessments will have been assigned by their teachers in their classes. 
  • You will need to make sure that all teachers assign the assessments and give them to their students. Once you send a locked copy of the assessment to the proper individual teacher or teacher flags, they will be able to see that shared assessment in their "Drafts" with a padlock icon next to it.

4. Confirm that your district is not blocking my.otus.com or other related websites

District web filters may block students from accessing Otus or some of the items used in assessments.

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