Otus as a powerful tool for designing, distributing, and analyzing data for district-wide common/benchmark assessments. However, it is critical that the process described in this article is followed so that you and your colleagues are able to take full advantage of Otus' features. Be sure to read our Best Practices article, too.

5 Steps for Administering Common Assessments

  1. Use an Admin or Co-Admin account to design your common assessment. To learn how to create assessments, click here.
  2. Send a copy of your completed assessment (it must be locked) to teachers using a Teacher Flag. To learn how to send a copy of locked assessment, click here.
  3. Have teachers assign the assessment directly to their students. To learn how to assign an assessment, click here.
  4. Have students complete the assessment. To learn how students will take an assessment, click here.
  5. Analyze the data. To learn how to use Assessment Analytics, click here.

Process Requirements

  • All common/benchmark assessments MUST be shared as locked assessments. This is the only way that the assessment data can be aggregated for analysis by teachers, building-level administrators, and district-level administrators.
  • Teachers must be assigned to the correct group (Teacher Flag). If teachers are not assigned to the right Teacher Flag, they will not receive a copy of the assessment from the administrator and will not be able to assign it to students.

Technical Requirements

Some URLs that MUST be allowed by your firewall include:


Important Disclosure

If these instructions are not followed exactly as written, Otus may not be able to display the data in a way that will be helpful to teachers, instructional leaders, building administrators, or district leaders.

Ask for Help!

Please contact our support team using the in-app chat at any time if you need support or an extra set of eyes to confirm for you that your assessments have been shared correctly!

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