Welcome to Illuminate’s BI Tool Blog! Over the last 2–3 years, the number of districts using Illuminate’s Business Intelligence Tool (BI Tool) has exploded. Over 3,000 BI Tool reports have been created by over 250 school districts, with more being created every day. At Illuminate, we pride ourselves at putting powerful technology directly in the hands of educators. … Continue reading BI Tool: Student Growth Percentile Scatterplots
Many educators talk often about wanting to incorporate an assessment system into their instruction, but aren’t quite sure where to start. When it comes to building a student achievement system, the task could seem daunting: How often to conduct data analysis? How to approach developing standards schedules? How to build quality assessments? These are just … Continue reading Developing a Student Achievement System? Here’s How.
This year we held our first annual Illuminator of the Year awards ceremony to honor those educators who are using Illuminate to effect significant, positive change for the students we all serve. We featured three finalists in each of our two categories: Educator of the Year and Administrator of the Year. Here we’re spotlighting our winners, Cora Dodge and … Continue reading Illuminator of the Year 2017 Winners
Why did we build an Accountability Dashboard? Despite what you’ve heard in the news, ESSA is still around. Even our U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is saying that we should honor the timeline that was already set in place. So, we’re going to keep moving forward, and all the individual states are still moving forward … Continue reading How to Track Progress & Growth with an Accountability Dashboard
People often ask us, “How can I get more people to use data and educational technology tools?” It’s a fair question, as school districts are often bombarded with initiatives and, as a result, have traditionally slower rates of technology adoption. However, instead of focusing on the goal of blanket adoption of a tool, a better starting point … Continue reading Why Should Educators Use Data?
Most educators are keenly aware that change comes with the territory. But when a perpetual state of change seems to be the only constant, it’s easy for skepticism to arise. The impetus for positive change in education is ever-present, as school districts continually strive for improvements aimed at benefiting students. Yet the fact is substantial … Continue reading Switching Student Information Systems: Does It Have to Hurt So Much? Five Components for a Successful Implementation
Schools and districts frequently expend considerable resources putting in place a variety of interventions, operating procedures, curricula, professional development and technology systems. These include not only the cost of tangible products but often involve considerable dollars for staff training plus the hidden costs to students of having classroom teachers removed from the classroom.Most districts take … Continue reading Implementation: The Case for Using a Systematic Approach to Software Implementation