Opt-In Option 1: DPS Assessment Solution

DPS provides an assessment and data tool preloaded with packaged assessments, item banks, and strategic support that will enable schools to decide how best to use these features.  Based on the DPS Assessment Strategy, schools are required to administer:

  • pre-built unit or interim assessments; or
  • commonly developed interim assessments; or
  • computer adaptive assessments in literacy and math to all students in grades 3-8, three times a year.

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.


Each opt-in School has been assigned an assessment specialist to support all aspects of the school’s assessment strategy.
Access the 2017-18 School Support List.

Sara Dinser
Social Studies

Gary Hanson
3-8 Mathematics

Jonathon Haradon
High School Mathematics/Student Learning Objectives

Kevin Lindauer

Pete Tardif
Secondary Literacy

Emily Yerkes
Elementary Literacy


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