Otus Chosen as Northwest Evaluation Association MAP Authorized Data Partner

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Partnership strengthens ability for educators to use MAP data to inform classroom instructional decisions

Otus is an official MAP Authorized Data Partner.

The ability for Otus to make NWEA and other student performance data actionable at the student level is exciting and something that, until now, was not available to us.

Otus announced today that the Otus Student Performance Platform®, a tool that provides educators with a single place to gather and analyze classroom management and student proficiency data, has been selected to become a MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Authorized Data Partner. The partnership between NWEA and Otus provides teachers and school leaders with direct access to MAP data from within Otus so that the data can be used to more efficiently differentiate student instruction.

“We strongly believe that assessment should inform instruction, which is why we are excited to partner with NWEA,” said Andy Bluhm CEO and Co-Founder of Otus. “Our goal is for MAP data to be actionable by teachers at the classroom level, and we know Otus helps make that happen.”

Teacher and school leaders who use Otus are now able to view MAP data directly within the Otus platform. During the fall of 2016, students and parents will have the same ability.

Co-Founded by two Chicago area teachers, Christopher Hull (recently named to NSBA’s “20 to Watch” list) and Pete Helfers, and Chicago investor Andy Bluhm, Otus drastically decreases the number of different tools teachers need to use each day by putting classroom, learning, and data management tools within the same system.

"We were intrigued by what Otus presented to us when we reviewed a variety of other popular learning management platforms,” said Dr. Dane Delli, Superintendent of River Trails School District 26 in Prospect Heights, Illinois. “After careful consideration, we decided to implement the Otus Student Performance Platform in all grade levels next school year. The ability for Otus to make NWEA and other student performance data actionable at the student level is exciting and something that, until now, was not available to us.”

About Otus
The Otus Student Performance Platform®, designed specifically for K-12 school systems by a team of passionate educators, allows teachers to connect student learning and engagement data to instruction. Currently being used in over 800 schools, Otus gives educators the tools necessary to implement high-impact initiatives, which may include data-based decision-making, differentiated instruction, flipped classrooms, and more. With Otus, educators can visualize data and leverage the instructional tools to make that data actionable without having to leave Otus. Visit http://www.otus.com to learn more.

About Northwest Evaluation Association
Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) is a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for our suite of assessments including our flagship Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) and Skills Navigator®, a skills mastery and progress monitoring tool. NWEA is also the U.S. Test Service Provider for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) assessment, the PISA-based OECD Test for Schools, bringing this school improvement tool online for the first time for U.S. schools. More than 7,600 partners in U.S. schools, school districts, education agencies, and international schools trust us to offer pre-kindergarten through grade 12 assessments that accurately measure student growth and mastery, professional development that fosters educators' ability to accelerate student learning, and research that supports assessment validity and data interpretation. To better inform instruction and maximize every learner's academic growth, educators currently use NWEA assessments with nearly eight million students. Learn more at http://www.nwea.org.

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