Does your district use standards that are not included in the default groups of standards available? You can add those as custom standards.

There are two ways to create custom standards:

  • Option 1: One at a time in the Control Center (can be done within the Main Admin account).

    • Recommended for when you only need to add a handful of standards

  • Option 2: Bulk Upload using a CSV (uploaded by the Otus team)

    • Recommended for when you have a large amount of standards

    • Will require filling out a template, of which you will send to us when completed, and we can bulk upload those standards on our end.

Continue reading for step-by-step directions for both options.

Option 1: One at a time in the Control Center

If you are choosing to add custom standards one at a time from the Main Admin account, follow the steps below.

  • Step 1: Navigate to the Control Center.

  • Step 2: Select the Standards tab.

  • Step 3: Select Create Standard.

  • Step 4: Enter the following information:

    • Standard Title

    • Subject

    • Grade (can select more than one)

    • Description - this is the body of the standard (optional)

  • Step 5: Save & Repeat

    • Select the Save button.

    • Repeat with the same process with your other custom standards.

❓ What does the "Link Additional Standards" option do?

  • Currently, linking an additional standard just keeps an association to a Common Core, Depth of Knowledge, NGSS, or State Standard.

  • It does not impact the data collected on the custom standard

  • There will be an update of this functionality coming soon!

Option 2: Bulk Upload using CSV

  • Step 1: Reach out to Otus Support using the Chat Feature

    • Ask for the template for a custom standards upload - a member of the team will be happy to send it to you.

  • Step 2: Fill out the template

    • It is important to leave all headings unchanged, as it is sent to you specifically formatted.

    • Type the Subject, Title, and Description

    • Type an 'x' into the grade level(s) that should be attached to the standard

    • The image below shows an example:  

  • Step 3: Send the template back to us

    • Save your template with a file name that includes your district name

    • Make sure to save it as a .csv

    • Send it to, or you can attach it as a file and send it in the chat feature.

  • Step 4: Confirm the Upload

    • Once we have finished uploading the standards, we will reach back out to you, asking you to verify that all of the standards look correct.

➡️ Consider this standard: "Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction". This standard can be found in two places (one is Common Core, one is a State Standard), and they have almost identical names. If the teacher uses both the Common Core standard and the State Standard on their assessments, the data will not combine, as they are two different standards in the system. This will result in two different columns in the gradebook.

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