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Illuminate DnA


What is Illuminate DnA?

Illuminate Education offers their student assessment management platform, Illuminate Data & Assessment (or Illuminate DnA), providing a means of tracking student standardized testing, test data analysis, and other features.

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What is Illuminate DnA?

Illuminate Education offers their student assessment management platform, Illuminate Data & Assessment (or Illuminate DnA), providing a means of tracking student standardized testing, test data analysis, and other features.

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Lisa Marie Gonzales, Ed.D. | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I've had the opportunity to use Illuminate in four different districts, one that I inherited and three more that I brought as new Illuminate customers. It is a very well-rounded, user-friendly way to assess students in any subject, whether using their item bank or their templates to create authentic assessments for students in typically non-technology assessed subjects, such as PE or electives. I've used it in different small, medium, and large urban, suburban, and rural districts to assess students in grades K-12.
  • Easy to use
  • Item banks
  • Outstanding customer service.
  • Reasonable pricing models.
  • Integrates well with student info systems.
  • Inclusive pricing options without add-ons and build in discounting.
Can be used in any sized school district.
  • Assess any subject.
  • Item banks with questions already vetted.
  • Easy to use dashboard.
  • Better handle on student achievement.
  • Clarity around achievements on specific standards.
Terica Bergan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It was intended to be used to evaluate teachers using standardized test data loaded into DnA to calculate SGP, however, we could not get it to work properly and found that creating customized reports was not user friendly. We thought this would be a great tool to give Administrators and eventually teachers access to a singular system of data and continuous feedback to dramatically improve student performance. It has the potential to run great reports and to build assessments.
  • Uploading data is very easy and straight forward with the included templates for testing that is standard across the state like M-Step, NWEA Map and Such.
  • Searching for students and seeing all of their tests in one screen was very easy and user friendly.
  • Running pre-defined reports was also very easy and straight forward. Just a few clicks and the report was right in front of you quickly.
  • Tech support seemed good but our main issue was never resolved. We received attention and someone was working on our issue, but they could never figure out why our student count was off for 1 grade level even though they said our data looked great.
  • The customized reports were powerful, but there was so much to learn for the average administrative user, like a principal, to get the detailed data they need. You would have to have a dedicated person to create customized reports.
  • At some point, our representative just stopped calling and there was no further contact. Then our rep left the company and the new rep only sent one email notifying us of the change. That was almost a year ago.
In all fairness, we are a more complex district with both traditional and non-traditional virtual learning students. We require unconventional reports. Our biggest issue is that it was installed on a consortium server and our student data was mixed with other districts in the consortium. This software would work much much better if it were installed on a single server, single district with a traditional school district. If you use tests that they do not have templates for, it can be time consuming to strategize how you "might" want see your report BEFORE you setup your own template to import data.
  • We tried to get the product to work for our needs for over a year and could not get it to work and therefore it cost us $20,000 with no results and easily over 40+ hours of wasted time.
We initially selected this product to house all of our assessment data in one place to help our staff see and compare student assessment. This software seem to offer a lot of flexibility and customization that would really work for our district. We already had another product Illuminate Special Education that we had been using for over 6+ years and have good success with it. We ended up finding another product that will at least meet our basic needs of uploading standardized assessment data to evaluate teachers.
Our issue was never resolved so that we could use the software to produce accurate reports. Their tech department looked into the issue several times and could never figure out why our student was off and then they just closed the case. They confirmed we were performing the correct steps to load the data and they confirmed our data looked accurate. Great, but again why was our student count off?
Laurance J. Specht | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use it school-wide for assessment creation, administration and data analysis to inform instruction and personalize learning. Illuminate has the ability to generate a great level of insightful reports without great amounts of effort. When building assessments you have a couple of different options that allow for a wide variety of question types that are standards aligned.
  • Online assessment creation
  • Online assessment administration
  • Data analysis
  • Data tracking
  • Front end interface needs to have more tools
  • Language and semantics of the system can be cumbersome
  • Updating the system is time consuming
Great for a school with dedicated IT support and technology available. Limited tech environments will find it hard to leverage the power of the tool. The data is easy to pull out and use with many reports available quickly from available options. There are additional options for building your own reports based on your own needs.
  • Positive ROI. The tool is powerful for the cost
  • Quick data gathering and analysis
  • Easy assessment administration
  • Reduced paper consumption
Illuminate is a more powerful tool with great support and analysis tools. Having the database is great for teachers to build assessments that are standards-aligned in a short amount of time. PowerSchool Assessment is nearly as powerful. It's harder to set up and use. Illuminate has many more features for the price.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
  • Vendor Reputation
The tools and of features of Illuminate make it powerful and reasonable for the price. The assessment database is huge, standards-aligned and easy to use. Multiple ways to administer assessments make it very flexible. Their support and professional development teams are excellent. Very responsive and willing to walk you through anything you need.
We would not change our process at all. It has led us to a great tool that we want to continue to grow with and leverage to improve teaching and learning.
  • Online assessment administration
  • Online assessment building
  • Data review and reporting
  • Initial set up can be cumbersome
  • Front end need interface for certain feature changes
  • Custom reports needs time to learn to use
Illuminate DnA is a very usable system. A few items to learn and set up can be a bit time-consuming. However, once set up it is easy to use and powerful for a school that staff can master quickly. It has more features then we actually use but I hope we will over time.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The illuminate DnA software is a student data and assessment system used by our K-12 school district. It is used across the organization by administrators, teachers, and clerical staff. It allows users to create and administer online assessments, store state and local assessment results, and create custom reports for a variety of uses.
  • It provides a comprehensive profile of students across time, allowing users to track growth and identify at-risk students.
  • It is easy for all users to create ad hoc reports and assessments.
  • The company is continually adding features recommended by users.
  • The helpline is accessible to all end users, calls are readily answered, and the support staff is knowledgeable.
  • It would be nice if it communicated in real time with our other student database systems. We have to do a nightly update to share information with other systems, and still, some data gets stuck and needs to be "wiped".
  • The intervention tracking system, OnTrack, is difficult to set up and manage.
  • Assessment item banks could offer a better variety of items.
I think it is well suited for K-12 schools, especially for tracking student growth over time. The ability to easily upload state assessment results and produce pre-built reports provides teachers actionable data. The online assessment system is more appropriate for secondary (grades 6-12) students in our district due to the types of assessments our elementary (K-5) students complete.

I have some experience with other systems and think that the illuminate software offers more flexibility in the types of data that can be stored.
  • It has allowed teachers to utilize data to make instructional decisions.
  • It has allowed administrators to evaluate instructional programs and make budgetary decisions based on student results.
  • It has allowed the district to establish common expectations across school sites and has provided a level of data transparency.
  • It has modernized our elementary grading and report card production.
Illuminate DnA offers more flexibility and additional features that our previous Data Director system offered. We were looking for a system that offered an online assessment portal and the ability to create elementary standard-based report cards when we selected the illuminate DnA software. We were impressed with the ability to easily create custom reports and liked the comprehensive student profile page.
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