Custom Standards

From the Main Admin account, you have the ability to create and manage custom standards.

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Written by Monica Burke
Updated over a week ago

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.

Once you've added custom standards, you can edit or delete them.

Add Custom Standards

Adding custom standards allows teachers to use standards other than those that are part of the common core or state standards. There are two ways you can add custom standards; on your own through the Control Center, or prepping a file for the Otus Team to upload for you.

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: On the Grading page, select the Standards Settings tab.

  • Step 3: Select Create Standard.

  • Step 4: Enter the following information:

    • 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 the same process with your other custom standards.

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.

Edit or Delete Custom Standards

Editing or deleting custom standards is done from within the Main Admin account. Follow the directions below to edit or delete a custom standard.

  • Step 1: Navigate to the Control Center from within the Main Admin account.

  • Step 2: On the Grading page, select the Standards Settings tab.

  • Step 3: On the list of Standards, click Custom Standards.

❗ Be sure to click on the text for Custom Standards and not the checkbox. The checkbox controls which sets of standards are available to Otus users in your district. Click here for more information on selecting district standards.

  • Step 4: Browse the folders or use the Search box to locate the appropriate standard.

  • Step 5: Select the standard and click the ellipsis menu to on the right to choose either Edit or Delete.


  • Simply make any changes on this screen, then click Save.


  • To confirm that you would like to permanently delete the standard and all associated grades, type the standard title into the text box and click Delete.

FAQ and Troubleshooting

Click to see FAQ and troubleshooting details

Does editing a custom standard impact any data that has been collected on that standard?

No. Editing a standard does not impact any of the data that already exists for that standard, but be careful not to delete the standard!

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