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Illuminate Education is proud to introduce the next generation of data management: Illuminate Data and Assessment Management System™ (DnA). Now you can move from data to analysis to decision-making easier and faster than before. Whether you are working with teacher-created quizzes, demographic data, state tests, or a combination of these and more, DnA takes dynamic reporting to a new level.

Web 2.0 technologies and a user-friendly interface make every user’s job easier: from district level educators who need to analyze trends, to instructional leaders who require fast and flexible reports to shape curriculum, to teachers using instant formative feedback mid-lesson to inform next steps... DnA anticipates your needs and removes the boundaries of your old data system.

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Data & Assessment Overview Video



No one should have to write queries to get data. Illuminate recognizes that districts don’t have time for complicated, antiquated systems.


DnA gives you a straightforward interface anyone can use – no complex query writing required.

Demographic Filters

Demographic filters on pre-built reports (and available for custom reports, as any piece of data can be used as a filter criterion in a custom report) allow you to monitor and compare subgroups of students (such as all API/AYP accountability subgroups, and other criteria such as gender).

Integrated BI Reporting

An Integrated Business Intelligence (BI) reporting module takes data analysis to the next level.

Student Programs

DnA’s Program feature allows users to create programs (i.e., groups) where students are manually selected (providing the user with control over group size and more) or selected dynamically and automatically via any report they want to fashion (controlling the selection criteria, such as performance on a benchmark assessment and/or particular demographics.

Pre-Built Reports

DnA offers prebuilt reports (e.g., for cross sectional data analysis, like subgroup performance at varied levels). With DnA there is no need to run multiple reports with various filters to compare data sets.

Anticipates Needs

Developed from an educator’s perspective, DnA anticipates the needs of users and provides reports to meet those needs (e.g., how much a teacher’s students improved over the course of a year).filters to compare data sets.

Create & Share Reports

You have complete access to your data anytime you need it; With DnA, your district can design and deploy complex reports to all users, and any user can author a report and share it with colleagues.

Import Data

DnA accommodates data generated by other systems (e.g., DIBELS, DataDirector, etc.), which can be imported for reporting and analysis purposes

Web Based

Since the product is web-based, this can be done anywhere the user has Internet access (e.g., in the classroom, at home, etc.) without having to upload any software..

Custom Reporting

DnA is flexible and powerful enough for users to build custom reports that are not possible (or too cumbersome) in other systems. You can filter; group datasets; run averages, sums, counts, etc.; “drag and drop” columns, change the way text or numbers display, and more.

All Stake Holders

Teachers, parents, students, administrators, counselors, district staff… DnA has reports catered to each user’s needs.

Share & Download Reports Internally

Reports can be shared electronically within DnA (via secure transfer to the accounts of other users), and they can also be downloaded (e.g., as Adobe Reader pdf, Microsoft Excel, text file, or XML file) and then shared as attachments via email or copied and pasted within the email.

Powerful Custom Reporting

DnA’s custom reporting tool allows users to group by any datasets (e.g., creating specialized grouping reports for intervention purposes that group and/or sort students by skills, standards-based performance, or other measures automatically; these reports can also be used to populate dynamic programs within DnA).

Graphs & Visuals

Graphs make trends easier to spot (they can even be added to user-created customBI reports).

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Illuminate accommodates plain paper testing and assignments for any subject and for any grade level. Imagine never having to use (or buy!) a scanner ever again. Keep reading, as DnA takes away the need for such hardware.

State Content Standards

Align any teacher or district created test with state content standards and an answer key to generate rich reports.

Content Clusters

In addition to state standards, align questions (and generate reports) for any content clusters or other groups or standards you desire.

Intuitive Assessment Creation

Create assessments through a clear, intuitively simple process (involving quick clicks in areas where other systems require lots of scrolling, repetition, and time).

Upload Already Created Assessments

Upload and add already-created assessments and assessment response data with ease

Assessment Reports

Assessment reports are available with varied stakeholders in mind (e.g., reports for parents, reports for administrators, reports for students, reports for teachers, etc.).

Analyze Data

District and teacher assessments can be disaggregated (e.g., by subgroup) and analyzed with ease at varied levels (e.g., student, teacher, classroom, period,


DnA works with products like GradeCam to remove the hassles of scanning and toreport performance instantly (even in each teacher’s classroom, since web cameras–often already housed on systems or available online for as low as $6 to $8 – can replace expensive scanners). This means as soon a student turns in an answer document (i.e., dropping it under a camera in any crooked fashion), it is instantly added to the system (giving both student and teacher instant feedback, and freeing the teacher of the need to find time for a traditional scanner). Plus, the results feed into the Illuminate Gradebook and Parent Portal with ease.

Attach Resources

Since any assessment or assessment-related materials (e.g., copy of the test, uniform study guides, PLC notes, pre-test lesson plans,data-proven review activities, etc.) can be uploaded to the assessment, users can easily accommodate graphics, graphs of previous test performance, visual aides to assist learners, etc.

Print Answer Sheets

Print answer sheets on plain paper via any regular printer, and you can even opt tolaminate (or use inexpensive sheet protectors) with dry- or wet-erase markers to let students use the same answer sheets over and over again all year long (or period to period, as well, if you print blank answer sheets rather than pre-slugged/pre-ID answer sheets). Any user can do this, and you can even use a template to create multiple answers sheets per page (to cut up).

Response Analysis Reporting

Use student response analysis reports and more for instant formative intervention.

Summary Reports

Use summary and comparative assessment reports for summative feedback.


You can test with multiple versions of the same assessment (e.g., to discourage cheating) yet still analyze aggregated results.


Scan (without a scanner) answer keys and student results instantly, right from your web-browser. Any user can do this, and there is no need for old, antiquated hardware for scanning (though large-batch scanning can be accommodated for districts where this method is used).

Error Control

Error-control can alert you if a student has bubbled poorly, at which point you can rectify the situation.

Import Score Data

If you prefer to manually enter or upload scores, either of these approaches can also be done.

Push To Integrated GradeBook

Any assessment results can feed instantly and directly to the integrated gradebook and our SIS (which can generate standards-based reports cards, populate the parent portal, etc.), as well as our parent portal.

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NCLB Compliance

Pre-built reports assist NCLB compliance and other requirements: e.g., when writing your Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) or School Accountability Report VCard (SARC), or gathering data for Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), you can generate required data quickly and efficiently.

Set Appropriate Goals

DnA reports help you set appropriate goals (e.g., which subgroups and which students need the most help to make API and rising AYP AMOs).

No Surprises

DnA saves you from surprises (e.g., reports showing you which areas are at risk of not making next year’s AYP based on most recent performance, or which sites are at risk of PI and why).

Data Integrity

Illuminate works with districts to ensure data integrity.

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Access To All Data

ETL Tools

DnA utilizes state of the art ETL tools to provide easy, web-based access to all types of data (for analysis individually or together). Load data from various data sources automatically.

Web Based Access

Since the product is web-based, data can be done anywhere the user has Internet access (e.g., in the classroom, at home, etc.) without having to upload any software.

Importable Data
  1. Student demographics
  2. Attendance and discipline
  3. Teacher and district assessments
  4. State and national testing
  5. Scheduling and grades
  6. Longitudinal (e.g., cohort) data
  7. Summary calculations (subgroup averages, number tested sums, etc.)
  8. More (any data the district has can populate a report)
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Data Analysis Support

Built In Data Analysis

Illuminate understands that simply giving users the numbers is not enough, as data can become a detriment if it is analyzed incorrectly. Illuminate also understands that few districts have the funds or time to put staff through extensive data analysis training. Thus Illuminate has data analysis support built directly into the system.

Searchable Help Manual

Our searchable Help manual contains a Data Analysis chapter with easy-to-follow lessons and handouts that can be used for reference or at data-related meetings. Topics range from basic understanding (e.g., “What Is a Scale Score?”), to analysis (e.g., “STAR: Appropriate Grade Level Analysis”), to application (e.g., “Student Grouping Options,” “Start of the School Year Data Activities,” “Essential Questions”). These resources help advance the analysis skills of users at all levels, and it allows us to answer questions users might be too embarrassed to ask.

Accountability & Requirements Information

Our Help manual also contains an Accountability and Requirements chapter. Lessons like “APR: Understanding API, AYP, Etc.,” “CAHSEE: Understanding Requirements,” and “CELDT and AYP: AMAOs and Title III Accountability” allow users to bypass searching state resources (like often-outdated resources on CDE’s website) for an answer. Again, this allows us to answer questions users might be too embarrassed to ask.

Pre-Built Report Footers

Pre-built reports have footers that assist users in understanding how to look at the data. To pick one example of many, all teachers are expected to service their English Learner students’ needs, but most teachers are not current on the changing methods by which CELDT proficiency is determined (a criterion for reclassification). Thus a footer on our “CELDT: Student List Report” reads:

The California English Language Development Test (CELDT) is the state's English language proficiency test for all students whose home language is not English. These students must take it within 30 calendar days of enrolling in a California public school to determine classification as Fluent-English Proficient (FEP) or English Learner (EL). ELs must take it every year thereafter until they are Reclassified as Fluent-English Proficient (R-FEP). A student is considered Proficient on the CELDT only if earning performance level 3 or above in every domain and also 4 or 5 Overall (only then should an EL be considered for reclassification). K-1 students, however, only have to meet this criteria for Listening, Speaking, and Overall in order to score Proficient.

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Capturing Assessment Data

Multiple Means of Capturing Assessment Data

Illuminate allows for multiple means of assessment data capture in the forms of:

  1. Plain paper answer sheets that, when bubbled, can be “scanned” via being held in front of (or beneath) a web camera (models costs as little as $8) or a document camera already in use (depending on the model)
  2. Traditional scanning methods (including TWAIN compliant)
  3. Manual entry
  4. Data file upload (e.g., imported student answer files or imported summary data files) that are comma delimited, tab delimited, semicolon delimited, colon delimited, or anther file type (e.g., Excel .xls or .xlsx) that is successfully converted into any of these formats
  5. Student response (clicker) systems that allow for download into any of the above-mentioned file formats
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Performance Bands

While DnA Assessments default to set performance bands that align to state STAR testing (i.e., Far Below Basis, Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced) and provide reports with results in these terms, as well as Proficient and Advanced consolidation (as CAHSEE status relies simply on scoring Proficient or any score above) in reports, users have the ability to adjust the performance bands of any assessment so that pre-built assessment reports can best serve as predictors of CST or CAHSEE. Users can also align questions to groups or clusters so that our pre-built reports automatically generate graphs and tables in these terms, as well.

Integrated Business Intelligence

DnA’s integrated Business Intelligence (BI) reporting can also be used to build reports to forecast performance on the CST or CAHSEE based on local assessment performance. The tool’s reporting capabilities also extend to regression analysis to forecast performance on high-stakes assessments based on low-stakes assessments, the calculation of standard deviation, assessment reliability, and more.

Custom Reporting

DnA’s custom reporting tool also allows for data from any assessment (including assessments users create) to be added to a report and analyzed along with state assessment data. For example, scale scores from the Grade 7 Mathematics CST (with scale scores from the Grade 6 Mathematics CST used in cases where the other piece of data is not available, and scores from local assessments in cases where no STAR data is available) can be placed in a custom report and used with filters based on criteria determined by Riverside County Office of Education Key Data Systems research (as presented in Testing and Measurement: Prediction of 8th Grade CST-Algebra I Performance from 6th and 7th Grade CST Performance, CERA Newsletter: Volume 3, Issue 4, Spring/Fall, 2009, p. 9-10) to predict likely performance amongst Grade 8 students on the Algebra I CST. This allows users to immediately put evolving research to use. While the possibilities of our custom reporting tool and BI tool are virtually limitless, the Illuminate team is constantly adding to available pre-built reports for popular needs, as well.

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One System

One System for All Data Needs

Our clients have the option of also utilizing Illuminate Student Information System™ and Illuminate Special Education System™ to essentially (and affordably) use one cohesive system for all their data requirements. Illuminate Education’s suite of products can be your district’s one-stop shop for comprehensive data reform (meaning, you can ultimately opt to use one system to handle needs that are typically handled by three separate vendors who each have to be paid separately for support, etc.), or you can pick and chose whichever modules you’d like. Complete installation or phased in module by module, DnA works seamlessly with other systems to meet all assessment and data management needs.