Opt-In Option 1: Create your own assessments using an item bank

Creating your own formative assessments is a great way to diagnose where your students are at a given point in time. Using an item bank, teachers are able to pull standards-aligned items to create quizzes, classroom assessments, common formative assessments and medium-scale, medium cycle assessments that aligned to the content taught, or teachers can pull from pre-built assessments. The frequency of the “Create Your Own Assessment” option will vary based on a school’s data needs, however a minimum of three collaboratively created medium-scale, medium-cycle assessments or three pre-built interims are required. The purpose of these assessments is to progress monitor and use data to adjust instruction.

Illuminate DnA

DPS has partnered with Illuminate Data and Assessment for the platform, as well as Key Data Systems and Certica for English and Spanish item banks. Pre-built assessments have been uploaded as well as assessments from curricular adoptions in which the format of the assessments are conducive to assessing online.

What is Illuminate DnA?

Illuminate DnA is an online assessment and reporting program.  Within DnA, teachers can create, share, and give pre-created assessments.  Students can fill out printed answer sheets or take the assessments online.  Reports are automatically generated from these assessments.  Additionally, historical assessment data (from state sources, from vendor sources, for example) will be available for further reporting.

Why are we using it?

To better inform instruction, teachers can engage in the data driven instruction cycle individually and  collaboratively in grade-level and/or subject teams.  Aligning formative assessments to common core state standards and creating common assessments are supported and easily administered with DnA.

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Illluminate Help Site

Academic Portals Illuminate Help Site
DPS specific help documents and more


Each opt-in School has been assigned an assessment specialist to support all aspects of the school’s assessment strategy.

Peter Tardif
Secondary Literacy

Sara Dinser
Social Studies

Emily Yerkes
Elementary Literacy

Kevin Lindauer

Jonathon Haradon

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