Assessment Types Overview

A brief overview of each assessment type available in Otus: Simple, Rubric, Advanced, and Plus.

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Written by Monica Burke
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What Are the Assessment Types?

There are four types of assessments you can create in Otus:

Check out the information below to learn more about each type, and how you can use them!

Simple Assessments

If you need a basic multiple choice, true/false, or short answer assessment, a Simple assessment is a great choice! They are quick to build, with options to include images, audio, and video when creating questions. They also offer autoscoring for multiple choice and true/false questions.

Great for:

  • Quick Checks

  • Exit Tickets

  • Comprehension Checks

Types of questions:

  • Multiple Choice

  • True/False

  • Short Answer

Assessment Builder View

Student View

Grading View

Click below to start creating a Simple Assessment!

Rubric Assessments

Rubric assessments allow teachers to create and share rubrics with students to define criteria and performance levels, collect and grade student work, and enter observational or performance-based scores.

Great for:

Please note that student submission is not required for the rubric assessment. If the students don't need to attach anything for grading, you can assign and grade the rubric without the need for students to submit it from their accounts.

Types of questions it offers:

  • You can add multiple descriptors (which essentially serve as categories).

  • You can add multiple performance levels within each descriptor.

Assessment Builder View

Student View

Grading View - Whole-Class

Grading View - Individual

Click below to start creating a Rubric Assessment!

Advanced Assessments

As the name suggests, these assessments offer advanced assessment building and scoring, with an extensive range of question types and customizations. Many question types can be autoscored.

Great for:

  • Replicating activities that can be found on worksheets

  • Creating assessments for all content areas, but especially for math assessments

  • Making longer, more detailed assessments

  • Utilizing many different question types

  • Scoring questions in a variety of different ways such as partial credit, alternate answers, etc.

Types of questions it offers:

There are over 60 question types you can create in an Advanced Assessment. Click here to learn more about all of the question types available. Examples include:

Assessment Builder View

Student View

Grading View

Click below to start creating an Advanced Assessment!

Plus (+) Assessments

Plus (+) assessments allow teachers to quickly enter assessment scores in the Otus gradebook for work that is completed outside of Otus.

Great for:

  • Entering grades for an assessment that wasn't given in Otus

  • Quickly entering a single score

Types of questions it offers:

Plus Assessments don't actually have questions for students to answer. Creating a Plus Assessment essentially adds a column in the gradebook for an assessment or assignment (such as a worksheet that was completed by hand) that wasn't given in Otus.

Assessment Builder View

This assessment is "created" while you are in the gradebook. Clicking the + in the upper-left corner of the gradebook will generate this view below:

Student View

Since this is not an assessment that students actually take in Otus, there isn't a student view.

Grading View

Plus (+) assessments can be entered in the gradebook using points or standards-based grading scales. As illustrated in the screenshots below, how you grade each will look a little different.

Click below to start creating a Plus (+) Assessment!

FAQ and Troubleshooting

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Which types of assessments can be autoscored?

Simple and Advanced. Simple assessments can be autoscored for T/F and multiple choice questions. Advanced Assessments can be autoscored for many question types and allow for alternate correct answers, partial credit, and other scoring options.

Which types of assessments allow students to upload files?

Rubric and Advanced. Rubric assessments always allow file uploads. In Advanced Assessments, teachers can create a File Upload question to allow students to upload various file types.

Which types of assessments allow students to record audio or video responses?

Rubric and Advanced. Rubric assessments always allow audio and video attachments that can be uploaded or recorded in Otus. In Advanced Assessments, teachers can create an Audio Recorder question and/or a Video Recorder question.

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