Topics covered in this article include:

  • Choosing standards
  • Choosing grading scales
  • Choosing mastery settings
  • Setting up term conversion
  • Creating standard tags
  • Information on running standards-based report cards

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Standards

By default, Otus makes all state and common core standards available to teachers.  To begin your setup, you'll want to choose the set of standards you'll be using.

You may also want to create custom standards.

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Grading Scales 

Now that you have your standards set, you can choose one of Otus' predefined scales, or you can define your own.

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Mastery Settings

Once you've created a grading scale, you'll want to decide how you're going to calculate your standards grades, as students will most likely be graded on the same standards multiple times. There are five different mastery settings you can choose from, and by default, teachers in all grade levels can choose any of the five when viewing standards grades:

  • Highest
  • Mean
  • Mode
  • Decaying Average
  • Most Recent

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Term Conversion

If some of your teachers will be creating assessments with traditional points and not grading on a term-based scale, you'll want to set up term conversion to convert student scores on items and questions into a scale score for the connected standard.

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Standard Tags

This is the ability to group standards together, specifically for making the task of running report cards easier.

Example: you can group all of the third grade standards you need on your first quarter report cards by creating a tag titled "Q1 - 3rd Grade". When you run report cards, you can then select this tag, rather than needing to select the standards individually.

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Standards Based Report Cards

Report cards can be generated for both points-based and standards-based grades.

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Next Steps

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