The assessment module in Otus provides you with over 60 types of items to create powerful and interactive assessments for students. You may also have access to a curated bank of prebuilt items from one of our itembank partners. This article will show you how to design your assessment using both prebuilt items and items you create on your own.

Create Your Assessment

Step 1

Select Assessments from your side navigation.

Step 2

Select the Create Assessment button.

Step 3

Choose (1) Advanced in the Create Assessment pop-up and then enter your (2) Assessment Name, select the (3) Assessment Type, and set your desired (4) Grading Scale. Now you can click (5) Next to begin selecting or creating your items.

Important Notes:

Bubble Sheet: This option is enabled or disabled by your district administrators if they
Assessment Type:
The Assessment Type does not affect the format of your assessment, but it does allow you to categorize the types in your gradebook and apply different weighting if desired.
Grading Scale:
These scales are created and shared from the district level. If you need an additional grading scale, you'll need to work with your Otus contact at your site. 

Add Items to Your Assessment

Step 1

Scroll through the list of My Items to find any previously created items that you'd like to add. 

If you'd like to add items from one of the itembanks provided by your district, choose the correct bank from the dropdown.

Step 2

Click on any item to view it in more detail. Then click Add to make it a part of your assessment.

Create Your Own Items

If you cannot find items that fit your criteria or have specifics questions or problems that you'd like to include, you can choose from over 60 item types to create your own items. These will be automatically added to your current assessment and will be saved to My Items for future use.

Step 1

Select + to begin creating your own item.

Step 2

  1. Enter a title for your item. While this is an optional step, the title will allow you to search for previously created items more easily in the future. 
  2. Choose the specific settings like item layout, detailed description, scoring setup, or tags for your item.
  3. Click + Add New.

Step 3

Select the desired item type from the list on the left of the page. For this article, we'll choose Multiple choice - standard.

Step 4

Type the question you would like students to answer (1). Add answer options (2) and delete any unnecessary choices (3). You can also add additional choices if needed (4).

Set the points earned (1) for a correct response and then indicate the correct answer choice (2). You can also use the blue + to add another correct response with its own point value. This allows for partial credit. 

You can preview how your question will look on the student test at any time by clicking on the Preview button.

Link Standards and Save Your Item

Step 1

Click on Link to Standards at the top of the item.

Click on the standards you would like to link. Click Link Standards. You can link more than one standard to an item if desired. 

Once the standard is attached, the View Linked Standards button will no longer be greyed out.  You can select that to see which standards have been attached to the item you're editing.

Step 2

Scroll up and select Save on the gray toolbar. Once saved, the button will turn green.

The item will automatically be added to the assessment you're building and will be available for any future assessments in your item list.

Review and Save or Assign Your Assessment

You can scroll to the top of your assessment to review the order of questions you've selected. Use the arrows to re-order the questions.

By choosing Save & Exit, you will be able to find your assessment in your drafts and assign it in the future.

By choosing Assign, you will be prompted to select the class, group, or students you wish to take the assessment.  

Congratulations! You have created an advanced assessment in Otus!

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