ScootPad Signs Student Privacy Pledge

San Jose, CA – January 5, 2016. ScootPad, a leading adaptive learning platform, announces today that it has signed the Student Privacy Pledge alongside with 200 other education companies to ensure the protection of student data.

The Pledge was introduced by The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) to safeguard student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. ScootPad processes student information to provide the most personalized learning for its students and intends to use the data for such purposes only. To reaffirm its commitment in keeping student data safe and secure, ScootPad joins other notable K-12 technology pioneers such as Google, Apple and Microsoft in signing the Pledge.

In a nutshell, by signing the Student Privacy Pledge, ScootPad and other service providers are accountable to:

  • Not sell student information
  • Not behaviorally target advertising
  • Use data for authorized education purposes only
  • Not change privacy policies without notice and choice
  • Enforce strict limits on data retention
  • Support parental access to, and correction of errors in, their children’s information
  • Provide comprehensive security standards
  • Be transparent about collection and use of data.

“ScootPad was founded and developed on the pillars of simplicity, transparency, and community. Ensuring privacy and safety of that community has always been, and continues to be, central to our mission.” said Bharat Kumar, CEO of ScootPad.

More information on the Student Privacy Pledge, its sponsors, and participants can be found at www.studentprivacypledge.org.

About ScootPad
Founded in 2011, ScootPad is a leading adaptive learning platform for grades K-8. Delivering highly personalized and accelerated learning through adaptive algorithms, predictive analytics, data visualization, and gamification, ScootPad has become a “go-to” platform for 37,000+ schools across 9,000+ districts. With its comprehensive design, ScootPad has become a classroom staple, providing teachers and students with a full suite of features that are accessible anywhere, any time, on any device. For more information, visit www.scootpad.com or follow us on Twitter @ScootPad.

PARCC Simulation Tests Now Available on ScootPad

San Jose, CA – December 10, 2015. ScootPad, a leading adaptive learning platform, has just announced the availability of PARCC simulation assessments for grades 3-8 in Math and English Language Arts (ELA).

ScootPad built the PARCC simulation tests from the ground-up and precisely aligned them with the PARCC blueprints encompassing the same technology enhanced item formats, rigor, depth of knowledge (DOK) and Common Core standards. These practice assessments aid educators in predicting skill and concept gaps in student knowledge while helping ensure that students are ready for PARCC summative assessments in the Spring.

Educators can choose these ready-made simulation assessments and with one-click assign them to their students. District and school administrators can “push” these assessments school-wide or district-wide to all students with just a few clicks. Students can conveniently launch these assessments from their dashboard and experience the simulated PARCC summative testing environment. Educators also have immediate access to assessment results and reports providing actionable insights to inform them of skill gaps and overall student readiness.

Teachers are encouraged to assign interim assessments using the Assessment Generator before taking the PARCC simulated test. Furthermore, educators can build their own assessments and create their own questions using 50+ technology-enhanced item formats to develop their very own PARCC simulation tests.

About ScootPad
Founded in 2011, ScootPad is a leading adaptive learning platform for grades K-8. Delivering highly personalized and accelerated learning through adaptive algorithms, predictive analytics, data visualization, and gamification, ScootPad has become a “go-to” platform for 37,000+ schools across 9,000+ districts. With its comprehensive design, ScootPad has become a classroom staple, providing teachers and students with a full suite of features that are accessible anywhere, any time, on any device. For more information, visit www.scootpad.com or follow us on Twitter @ScootPad.

ScootPad Releases SBAC Simulation Assessments

San Jose, CA – November 17, 2015. ScootPad, a leading adaptive learning platform, has just announced the availability of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) simulation assessments for grades 3-8 in Math and English Language Arts (ELA).

ScootPad developed these simulation assessments from the ground-up and precisely aligned with the SBAC blueprint encompassing the same technology enhanced item formats, rigor, depth of knowledge (DOK) and Common Core standards. These practice assessments are ideal to predict skill and concept gaps while helping ensure that students are ready for SBAC summative assessments in the spring.

Educators can simply choose a simulation assessment and assign to students. District and School administrators can “push” these assessments school-wide or district-wide to all students with just a few clicks. Students can launch assessments from their dashboard and experience the simulated SBAC summative testing environment at their finger tips. Educators have immediate access to assessment results providing actionable insights about skill gaps and overall student readiness.

ScootPad also released the Assessment Generator, a tool to help educators easily generate unlimited interim assessments leveraging the best content shared by the ScootPad community. Teachers are encouraged to assign interim assessments before taking the SBAC simulated test. Furthermore, educators can create their own assessment content using 50+ technology-enhanced item formats (step-by-step videos available) to develop their very own assessments simulating their own SBAC testing environments.

About ScootPad
Founded in 2011, ScootPad is a leading adaptive learning platform for grades K-8. Delivering highly personalized and accelerated learning through adaptive algorithms, predictive analytics, data visualization, and gamification, ScootPad has become a “go-to” platform for 37,000+ schools across 9,000+ districts. With its comprehensive design, ScootPad has become a classroom staple, providing teachers and students with a full suite of features that are accessible anywhere, any time, on any device. For more information, visit www.scootpad.com or follow us on Twitter @ScootPad.

ScootPad Introduces 50 New Technology Enhanced Item Formats

San Jose, CA – November 2, 2015. ScootPad, a leading adaptive learning platform, today announced the availability of over 50 technology enhanced item (TEI) formats.

As Common Core assessment consortias such as SBAC and PARCC are aiming to be entirely computer-based, TEIs are becoming increasingly crucial in preparing students for summative online testing in the spring. Moving away from the traditional answer selection methods, TEIs allow students to simulate real-world interactions with information using technology. With TEI question formats, problems are more engaging, and comprehensive as they require students to interact and think more critically of the problem at hand.

ScootPad developed over 50 TEI question formats, including each and every unique format available in SBAC and PARCC assessments. Each question format is designed and tested to work seamlessly across any platform and device including laptop, desktop, tablet, mobile, OSX, and Windows. These formats fall into several categories such as: multiple choice, cloze, classification, order, matching, highlight, label image, chart, number line, graph, and multipart. Online demos of these question formats are available here.

Authoring complex questions is made quick and easy with intuitive question editor UI and brief videos showing how to use each question format. Educators will have the flexibility to create questions and tag them under any grade, subject, and standard. Furthermore, questions can also be shared on ScootPad’s open content platform. The entire ScootPad community of educators can now share, rate/curate, and reuse content shared by others making it easy to assign the best content for their students.

“I LOVE the concept of assessments 2.0 and here’s why. I absolutely loved that I had an easy to use online format for assessments that I can create on my own,” says Ms. Lauren, a teacher from DeLong Elementary located in Tacoma, WA. “There are other options out there but my students are already used to ScootPad so having everything in one place was a #win for me! I appreciated that I can easily attach common core skills to my assessments and relate it back to our learning target.”

ScootPad is currently working on the open-ended performance task question format and plans to release it very soon.

About ScootPad
Founded in 2011, ScootPad is a leading adaptive learning platform for grades K-8. Delivering highly personalized and accelerated learning through adaptive algorithms, predictive analytics, data visualization, and gamification, ScootPad has become a “go-to” platform for 37,000+ schools across 9,000+ districts. With its comprehensive design, ScootPad has become a classroom staple, providing teachers and students with a full suite of features that are accessible anywhere, any time, on any device. For more information, visit www.scootpad.com or follow us on Twitter @ScootPad.

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ScootPad Announces World’s First Next-Generation Open Assessment Platform

San Jose, CA – October 26, 2015. ScootPad, a leading adaptive learning platform, today announced the availability of its next-generation open assessment platform dubbed “Assessments 2.0”. Assessments 2.0 is the world’s first open assessment platform for educators to easily create and share innovative technology enhanced assessment content.

50+ innovative technology enhanced item types are currently available on the platform – the same kind that students will see in their next-generation assessments – representing more unique formats than those found in PARCC and SBAC combined. Each item format has been designed and tested to work seamlessly across any device and platform including laptop, desktop, tablet, mobile, OSX, and Windows.

Now educators and non-technical users can quickly and easily create advanced technology-enhanced assessments targeted to meet their specific needs across the curriculum, in Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Building assessments with their own content or selecting from the open content bank, educators can now manage the entire assessment process including assignment to students, reviewing results in real-time and measuring growth – all in one place.

Assessments 2.0 platform lets educators collaborate by sharing their content in the open question bank and the open assessment bank. Content is curated on the platform by the community using powerful yet simple crowd-based curation features including likes and flags. Most used content is readily available at the top of the search results so educators can easily choose the best available content. Lastly, the assessment generator feature helps teachers quickly generate assessments with the best available content from the bank.

“Teachers are now able to collaborate with each other, create next-generation assessments, get real-time results and prepare students with the technology skills they need to succeed in the high-stakes assessments.” said Maya Gadde, Co-Founder & CTO of ScootPad. “We look forward to inspiring the community to develop creative and unique content while making it even more easier for all users to leverage the power of the open platform.”

About ScootPad
Founded in 2011, ScootPad is a leading adaptive learning platform for grades K-8. Delivering highly personalized and accelerated learning through adaptive algorithms, predictive analytics, data visualization, and gamification, ScootPad has become a “go-to” platform for 37,000+ schools across 9,000+ districts. With its comprehensive design, ScootPad has become a classroom staple, providing teachers and students with a full suite of features that are accessible anywhere, any time, on any device. For more information, visit www.scootpad.com or follow us on Twitter @ScootPad.

Huntsville City Schools Finds Success With ScootPad and Extends License District-Wide

San Jose, CA – September 14, 2015 – ScootPad, a leading personalized learning platform, today announced that Huntsville City Schools renewed their ScootPad district-wide license for the 2015-2016 school year, enabling personalized learning for each and every student while preparing them for the high-stakes assessments.

Huntsville City Schools, one of the premier school districts in the state of Alabama serving over 23,000 students, started using ScootPad back in April 2014. Huntsville City District administrators were able to run usage and proficiency reports district-wide for 2014-2015 school year to ascertain measurable results and impact ScootPad has delivered.

“It has provided individual student driven instruction, which is what we wanted. I can assign 3rd, 5th, or 8th grade level work to my students because I have access to all of these. The entire class no longer has to be on one grade level. ScootPad also provides immediate feedback for both students and teachers opposed to waiting a week to get a test back. As a result, students can receive instruction immediately,” said Elena Lee, Math Coach at Huntsville City Schools. “Now, we can give pre and post tests to students to determine mastery and learning that has taken place. Reading, eBooks, Math, Spelling, Behavior Tracking are all on one dashboard – everything needed to manage student learning in one place. It’s not just a learning tool but also a behavior tool. Students always had something to do once given the Placement Test – there is no down time.”

“We are thrilled and excited to continue supporting Huntsville on their mission to personalize learning for every student. Additionally, for this new school year 2015-2016, we’re super excited about the availability of technology-enhanced assessments to better prepare all students and teachers for high-stakes assessments at Huntsville.” said Bharat Kumar, CEO & Co-Founder of ScootPad.

Read the full case study: Huntsville City Schools Finds Success With ScootPad.

About ScootPad
Founded in 2011, ScootPad is a leading adaptive learning platform for grades K-8. Delivering highly personalized and accelerated learning through adaptive algorithms, predictive analytics, data visualization, and gamification, ScootPad has become a “go-to” platform for 37,000+ schools across 9,000+ districts. With its comprehensive design, ScootPad has become a classroom staple, providing teachers and students with a full suite of features that are accessible anywhere, any time, on any device. For more information, visit www.scootpad.com or follow us on Twitter @ScootPad.

About Huntsville City Schools
The Huntsville City School System is one of the premier school districts in the state of Alabama. It has 64 Pre-K programs, 21 elementary schools, 5 middle schools and 1 junior high, 7 high schools, 5 P-8 schools (2 of which are Magnet Schools:  Academy for Academics and Art and Academy for Science and Foreign Language) providing services for more than 23,000 students. Their goal is to provide graduates with the capacity to compete successfully and contribute responsibly to today’s society. For more information, visit http://www.huntsvillecityschools.org

Tea Area Schools replace several learning tools with ScootPad district-wide

San Jose, CA – July 15, 2015 – ScootPad, a leading adaptive learning platform for grades K-8, announced today that the Tea Area School District adopted ScootPad District-Wide, allowing the district to standardize learning for all students while saving money and gaining invaluable insight into student learning across the district.

Tea Area Schools, a tech-savvy district experienced with technology in the classroom and their effects on student learning, was in search of a comprehensive platform to enable innovative and challenging learning opportunities. ScootPad was introduced to Tea Area Legacy Elementary school during a brief trial. ScootPad impressed administrators with its detailed reports, while teachers were pleased to see the features they desired all on one platform. Tea Area Schools had other prospective bidders, such as iXL, but decided to go with ScootPad due to its comprehensiveness and value for the money.

“Our teachers were so impressed with ScootPad’s platform and the abundance of features, that I don’t know where to begin. They were immediately pleased when they saw the Learning Paths feature and how well it covers the Common Core. They also liked that the program can adapt to the learners’ needs by assessing each student and placing them in the appropriate unit on the learning path. In addition, the teachers found the reports to be very useful in determining learners’ needs whether it be for an individual, a small group, or the entire class.” said Jamie Ihnen, Technology Integrationist for Tea Area Schools. “Thanks to ScootPad’s wide variety of subjects and features, we are able to save money by purchasing ScootPad for the entire district and eliminate other programs that we have licenses for. With all students using ScootPad, we are looking forward to accessing district-wide learning data.”

“We’re happy to have Tea Area Schools choose ScootPad as their district-wide learning tool.” said Bharat Kumer, Co-founder and CEO of ScootPad. “One of the goals of Tea Area Schools is to provide innovative and challenging learning opportunities to their students, and our entire team is more than thrilled to stand behind ScootPad to enable that goal.”

About ScootPad
Founded in 2011, ScootPad is a leading adaptive learning platform for grades K-8. Delivering highly personalized and accelerated learning through adaptive algorithms, predictive analytics, data visualization, and gamification, ScootPad has become a “go-to” platform for 37,000+ schools across 9,000+ districts. With its comprehensive design, ScootPad has become a classroom staple, providing teachers and students with a full suite of features that are accessible anywhere, any time, on any device. For more information, visit www.scootpad.com or follow us on Twitter @ScootPad.

About Tea Area Schools
The Tea Area School District is a public school district in Lincoln County, South Dakota. Tea Area Schools mission is “To educate and empower each student for success in a global society.” For more information, visit www.teaschools.k12.sd.us