There are several optional settings you can choose from when assigning assessments. This article will provide you with an overview, along with embedded links to specific documentation for each setting.

Settings Available for All Assessments

  • Due Dates: establishes a date and time for when the assessment is due.

  • Start Dates (assigning at a later date): allows the ability for the assessment to auto-assign at a certain date and time.

  • Availability Windows: ideal for when students shouldn't have access to an assessment before or after a given timeframe.

  • Instructions: teachers can add instructions for students to see before the student starts the assessment.

  • Allow Post Grading Review: the ability to return a graded assessment to students for their review.

  • Randomize Questions: presents the assessment questions in a different order for the assigned students. This setting applies to Simple Assessments only.

  • Randomize Items: presents the assessment items in a different order for the assigned students. This setting applies to Advanced Assessments only.

  • Lockdown Browser: while taking an assessment, students will not be able to navigate out of Otus until the student exits the assessment or submits it for grading. It eliminates the ability to use external websites while taking an assessment. Note - The student must have the Respondus lockdown browser installed on their device in order to utilize this feature.

  • Time Limit: determines how long students have to complete an assessment.

  • Allow Multiple Attempts: when students are given the ability to attempt the same assessment multiple times.

  • Allow Graded Assessments with the Status of "Missing" to be Submitted: when students are given the ability to still turn in an assessment that has been graded and marked as missing.

Settings Available for Only Certain Types of Assessments

  • Include Score in Final Grade: this is a setting only available for assessments using the points grading scale. Toggling this option off will still display the assessment grade in the gradebook for teachers and students to view, but the score will not be calculated into the student's overall grade.

  • Texthelp Speechstream: this is a setting only available for Advanced Assessments. Features include text-to-speech read aloud, translation, dictionary with read aloud, picture dictionary, and highlight pens.

  • Allow Student Annotation: this is a setting only available for Advanced Assessments. Features include the use of a notepad, sticky notes, drawing mode, and highlight tool.

  • Turnitin: this is a setting only available for Rubric Assessments and for those whose district has an active Turnitin subscription. It is a program that checks student work for plagiarism.

  • Auto-Score Settings: This section only applies to Advanced Assessments that utilize Standards Based Grading Scales (Non-Points). With this feature, you have the ability to set the default mastery level a student receives for auto-graded questions. If you edit this setting after the assessment has been assigned, you will receive a message explaining that this only applies to future scores, not scores already collected.

  • Randomizing Questions vs. Randomizing Items: Randomizing questions only applies to Simple Assessments, while randomizing items only applies to Advanced Assessments. for more information, click here.

Have you already assigned the assessment, but need to change any of these settings? Check out this article for more information.

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