Note: SIMS is a Student Information System provided by Educational Service Unit #3. This feature is available for Otus-subscribed districts who utilize SIMS as their SIS. If you wish to set up this integration, please have your administrator contact our team.
Follow the steps below to successfully transfer point-based assessment data from Otus to SIMS.
1. Create the Assignment in SIMS.
Make special note of the Assignment Name as the name you enter SIMS will need to match what is entered in Otus. The same Assignment Name cannot be entered twice.
2. Create the Assessment in Otus.
Begin by entering the Assessment Name in Otus. The name you enter in Otus must match what you have entered in SIMS.
Assessment = Otus' word for SIMS Assignment
A simple way to ensure the Assessment Name is entered correctly is to Copy and Paste the name you entered in SIMS to Otus.
The table below highlights how variations in the Assessment Name will impact a successful pass back of scores to SIMS. Case-variations in the Assessment Name will not impact pass back but additional characters will prevent scores from successfully posting to SIMS.
The following options exist in the "Select Assessment Type" drop-down in Otus:
Assignment, Checklist, Homework, Journal, Lab, Observation, Paper, Presentation, Project, Quiz, Test, Worksheet
The Assessment Type you select in Otus is irrelevant. Data will post to the Type category you selected in SIMS when creating the Assignment.
3. Select a Grading Scale
A Points Grading Scale must be selected in order for pass back to occur. Teachers can still align each question to standards and view progress in the Otus Standards Gradebook.
Once your students have taken the assessment and the teacher has graded the assessment, your data will flow to SIMS!
All data, including new and changed records, flow to SIMS on a nightly basis.
Changes to scores will appear in the Otus gradebook immediately after grading; changes to scores will appear in the SIMS gradebook after the nightly sync.
The video below provides an overview of the content presented in this article.
Additional Grade Pass Back Considerations:
If you do not want an Otus score to pass back, simply do not create the assignment in SIMS. The data will not post until the assignment is built in SIMS.
Any weighting of grades will need to be configured in SIMS.
In order to fully remove a record from SIMS, the data will need to be deleted in SIMS and Otus. Data can be removed/deleted from Otus using the Unassign feature.