Illuminate is worth the investment and is getting better.
February 07, 2019

Illuminate is worth the investment and is getting better.

Laurance J. Specht | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Illuminate Data & Assessment (DnA)

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
  • 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.
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.

Evaluating Illuminate Data & Assessment (DnA) and Competitors

  • 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.

Using Illuminate Data & Assessment (DnA)

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.
Like to use
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Feel confident using
  • 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