Demystifying Assessments to Improve Instruction and Student Outcomes

New backpacks, fresh notebooks, and fall screening are all signs that it's back-to-school time. Yet, it’s not uncommon for teachers to face uncertainty around which assessments to select for which purposes—and how to use the data for instructional planning.

Tune into this on-demand webinar for a deep dive into assessment types, differences, purposes, and best practices as well as how to use the data to support each student’s individual learning and social-emotional behavior needs. 

You will:

  • Develop your understanding of the difference between standards and skills-based assessments
  • Explore the six steps for building your comprehensive assessment system
  • Get answers to other common questions and misconceptions about assessment.

About Your Presenters:


Jan Dierkes
Senior Solutions Engineer,
Illuminate Education

Jan Dierkes, M.Ed is a former special educator and technology coach with a passion for children and learning. She earned her Masters degree in special education from Vanderbilt University, studying RtI and progress monitoring under pioneers in the field, Drs. Doug and Lynn Fuchs. Jan is an Illuminate Solutions Engineer and has the privilege of partnering with districts to use data to implement successful MTSS/RtI frameworks, see the whole child, and drive collaboration and systems improvement.


Jeremy O'Neil
Customer Success Director,
Illuminate Education

Jeremy O’Neil has served districts both large and small nationwide for the last 26 years. In addition to being a classroom teacher for many years, he has spent time working on districtwide initiatives. His areas of focus include research on district learning teams, designing and delivering professional development in assessment and data literacy with a focus on the formative assessment process.