Illuminate DnA (Data and Assessment)

Integrated Technology Division (IT)
Research and Evaluation Department (RED)

This page provides information on Illuminate Data and Assessment (DnA) and Lightning Grader. Additional assistance is available in the "Help"section below.

Login to Illuminate

To login, click on the login link above and then click on the Sign in via SAML button. Enter your Employee ID for the username and your district password for the password. Once you login, you are logged in for 12 hours. If you get logged out of your computer, simply click on the Sign in via SAML button and you will be directly logged into Illuminate.


  • Illuminate is an intuitive and robust web-based data and assessment management system that allows users to view, disaggregate, and analyze student assessment data to inform instruction.

  • Lightning Grader is the companion software tool that allows school sites to scan answer (bubble) sheets using a document camera such as our district's Samsung 860 document camera or the integrated camera on the Teacher Tablet PC or machine scanned. Scanned answers are immediately available for analysis.

  • Online Testing is available with Illuminate. Tests can be created using the Itembank or by manually creating test questions or scan sheets. Common Core aligned premade tests called Inspect are also available that can be customized to match teacher instructional pacing.

Access to Illuminate

  • Teachers with students rostered to them automatically have access to Illuminate.

  • For staff that do not have students rostered to them (counselors, administrators, resource teachers, etc), access is provided via PowerSchool by the Power User with the permission of the principal. This method provides access to all Illuminate student data at the school site. (See our step-by-step instructions. Instructions include how to remove users that are no longer at a school.)

  • After logging into Illuminate, the Tile page opens. To view the Tile page from any other page, click on the Illuminate logo in the upper left. The Tiles link to one-stop-shop resource pages on the tile subject. More info about tiles is found on this Resource page in the District Job Aids section. FYI - You can also create your own tiles.


  • Click on the ? in Illuminate located at the bottom of the left panel to access Illuminate's help documentation. If you still need help, you can email or call Illuminate at (619) 627-0343. They have a very knowledgeable and freindly support staff!

  • Please email Tressa Renee directly with district related questions such as requests for specific reports or concerns with the district data.