Illuminations Newsletter December 2015


 Thank you for a great conference in Michigan!

"It was exciting to learn from all the great things my peers are doing and also gain in depth knowledge from Illuminate experts.  For example, I learned how we can use the On Track feature in DnA to set up early warning systems using research based thresholds to flag at-risk students."
Daniel Hayman
Director of Data and Analytics 
Ascend Learning Charter School

Missed the conference? Check out the presentation materials available in our Help System


Important News: Service Alert 12/18-12/20

During the weekend of Friday, December 18th (starting at 6:00 PM Pacific) through Sunday, December 20th we will be moving into a new data center. During the move, the Illuminate Education System (ISI, DnA, ISE), Online Testing, and Home Connection (Student/Parent Portal) will not be available. We know there is never a "good" time for things like this, so we planned this over the weekend when most schools are off for the holidays. Hopefully you are planning a relaxing holiday break with your family and friends!

District Illuminate leads (e.g. IT/Data/System Admins) have been notified via a separate email. (If you are a District Lead and did not receive the notification, please contact your Illuminate Implementation Manager.)


9 Steps to An Effective Assessment Framework 

Developing and implementing a common assessment system requires thoughtful planning. To help we've put together this step by step guide to help districts with this process.

Cool Ideas from Our Users

Have a success story to share? Let us know by filling out this form.

Learning Opportunities

  • Illuminate Education User Conference registration is open! Send your team to the conference - quality professional development sessions on topics including formative assessments, data-informed instruction, data analysis, RtI, and so much more. Location: San Diego Convention Center February 23-24, 2016. Early registration discount deadline: January 11, 2016.
  • For tips on how to use the features in Illuminate, register for our free webinars happening this month.
  • Regional Network Meetings give you the opportunity to meet other users and share best practices. Sign-up for a regional meeting closest to you.

  • New Interactive Guides launched:


We are excited to pilot WalkMe,™ an interactive guidance and engagement platform to simplify the user experience. With WalkMe,™ Illuminate users will be able to easily access our Interactive Guides (step by step instructions for tasks). This guidance is provided by walk-throughs made up of a series of tip-balloons overlaid on the screen. Several walk-throughs are now available and can be accessed by logging into Illuminate, navigating to the control panel and clicking on "Interactive Guides.”



With the new Interactive Guides, users will no longer need to interrupt their workflow to get help by reading a document or watching a video, instead they can easily launch a walk-through to be guided through tasks in real time. It will be just like having an Illuminate team member at your side 24/7! Spread the word and try it today.

 Assessment Enhancements and Illuminate Partners

If you have been keeping up with our release notes, you've heard about the enhancements we've made over the last few months to beef up assessment creation, administration, and reporting. We created an quick way to make item bank assessments, users can add comments and feedback to constructed response items, stylized our reports, and also added more support for additional item types from our partners. Click on the links below for additional information. If you are interested in hearing more, have your district contact [email protected] or your Implementation Manager.

  • FastBridge (Computer Adaptive Testing and Curriculum Based Measurement) NEW partner!


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