Illuminate Glossary

These are terms commonly used within the Illuminate system.

DnA Terms

Dashboard- Home page

Demographic- The statistics of a given student population. For example, Eye Color, Race, etc.

Manual Assessment- An assessment built within Illuminate before you scan any student results or print answer sheets. Think the opposite of an On The Fly Assessment.

On The Fly Assessment- This typically is a formative assessment or an assessment you plan to align standards at a later point in time. Think Checking for Understanding.

Hybrid Assessment- This is an assessment that you would like students to take online, and you have a Word, PDF or PowerPoint file of it that you would like to upload to allow students to read it on their screen while selecting their answer choices (side by side).

Permissions- Settings that restrict access to certain groups of users to specific parts of the system.

Pre-Built- Reports that Illuminate already houses in the system, we just add your data to it.

Pre-Slugged- Pre-ID

Scopes- General category of the assessment. For example, Benchmark, Teacher Created, State test, etc.

Summary Assessment- This allows you to create a location for entering and tracking scores, or demographics.

Tags- Key Words you can use to quickly search through reports. For example, CST, CAHSEE, Roster, etc.

ISI Terms

Attendance Periods- The periods of time in which school is in session and students are expected to attend, these periods are also used for reporting purposes.

Day Types- Holidays, Minimum Days, etc.

Field Group- A subject area that is defined by a district for a report card. For example, Reading Growth, Written and Oral Language Conventions, etc.

Grading Periods- Report Card date range.

Locators- Schedules

Packages- District created groups of courses that can be quickly assigned to a student based on grade level. This is an optional part of student scheduling and covers the process of generating course requests en masse. Since packages are course requests that will be assigned to a student group, they are most useful when the vast majority of students need to receive the same course. For example, if most 7th grade students take a core English, math, science and social science course, you can create a 7th grade package.  

Student Group- This allows you to schedule groups of students (user created) at one time for particular courses. For example, the students in the group ‘Football Team’ all get scheduled for PE for Athletes. You can also use Student Groups for visibility purposes, so you could log on and specifically just view that group of students.

Session- Academic Year (14-15).

Terms- Often refered to as semesters, trimesters, or quarters.  Terms mark the end of a formal grading period and session of a course.  Most often course credit is reported on a student’s transcript.  

Timeblocks- Traditionally referred to as a class period. For example, a high school might have a 6 period day or 6 timeblocks.

Timeblock Occurances- Bell Schedules.

Master Scheduling Glossary

Conflict Matrix:  A report that indicates the numbner of students that have requested the same course at the same time that can result in master schedule conflicts and holes in student schedules.  

Constraints:  This is an optionalpart of student scheduling.  It is process of creating scheduling rules that prevent a student from being placed into a section with a teacher/s or student/s. This is useful in cases where 2 students or student/teacher have issues.

Course Tally:  The total number of students that have requested a course.   This report is available in the scheduling tab  of Illuminate.  The Course Tally gives users a list of student requests per section by semesters or Yearlong courses.  Moreover, the Course Tally generates a number of recommended sections based on the course cataloge, which indicates the max and min enrollment per course.

Draft Board:  Commonly refered to as the “White Board”.  This is an unpublished overview of teacher assignments at the period and section level.

Houses:  Houses are an optional feature, designed to allow you to divide your students, sections, and/or teachers into smaller cohorted groups within a school site. Houses are also sometimes referred to as “small learning communities”. Houses are in essence schools or programs within a school.

Linked Sections: link sections place students who are scheduled into one section to also be scheduled into a second course or linked section(s), whether this is within the same term or over the course of more than one term. For example, semester-long classes such as Government and Economics are frequently set up as linked sections. Students who are scheduled into a section of Government are then immediately scheduled into the linked section of Economics so they remain together as a class.

Rollover:  Rollover sets up the necessary components of the next school year such as session, terms, and timeblocks and mass creates enrollment records and staff affiliations for that year. Completion of rollover allows schools to enroll students into the upcoming school year and create course requests for the upcoming year.

Short Course Segments: This feture is used when courses change within a term.  Often used when students take a “wheel” of courses.  For example, students rotate elective courses during semester one.  Student might take Art 1 during the first short course segement (9 weeks in length), and rotate to Health for the second portion of the short course segment (9 weeks).

Walk in Packages:  These are pre-made schedules that can be assigned to a new student. For example, all 9th grade students have English 9, World History, P.E., and Biology. If created as a walk in package, a student is enrolled in these courses in one click, Then, any others can be added and modified.