ScootPad and ClassLink Now Integrated to Deliver Single Sign-On

San Jose, CA – March 15, 2016. ScootPad, a leading adaptive learning platform, announced availability of seamless single sign-on integration with ClassLink.

ClassLink and ScootPad are leveraging Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI) to provide a rich integration of two world-class platforms. Schools, developers, and publishers that embrace specifications like LTI have better, more secure, and faster connections between digital education resources, making life easier for school IT teams and making teaching and learning more effective inside and beyond the classroom.

ScootPad CEO and Co-Founder, Bharat Kumar, lauded the partnership, saying, “Given the increased demand for differentiated learning, have a partner like ClassLink that can improve access is key to our success.” Kumar continued, “We’re also very happy with how easy it is to work with ClassLink via open technology standards from IMS Global Learning. ClassLink charges no fees to partners, a major barrier with other single sign-on platforms, and is able make connections with incredible speed.”

ClassLink CEO, Berj Akian, echoed the sentiments of Kumar, stating, “ScootPad is an innovator in the area of adaptive learning and we’re pleased to partner with an organization that can fully harness the power of digital learning. Akian continued, “We’re experiencing a rising tide of partners in education that view ClassLink as the best path forward when it comes to creating equitable access. Our relationship with ScootPad reflects our commitment to be fully inclusive, ensuring that with one user name and password, teachers and students have everything they need to be successful. It’s that simple.”

About ClassLink
ClassLink provides OneClick and OneRoster. OneClick enables single sign-on access to web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. OneRoster easily and securely delivers class rosters to any publisher using open technology standards. Accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. ClassLink adoptions continues to accelerate across the US, as does its roster of partners. ClassLink OneClick is now the preferred single sign-on platform for thousands of schools and districts around the world and for an increasing number of publishers and platform providers. Follow us on Twitter @ClassLink.

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 39,000+ schools across 10,000+ 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.

Independent research sponsored by Pearson recognizes ScootPad’s Adaptive Learning Capabilities

San Jose, CA – Feb 22, 2016 – ScootPad, a leading adaptive learning platform for grades K-8, announced today that an independent research on adaptive learning conducted by EdSurge, sponsored by Pearson, recognized ScootPad as one of the three adaptive tools, alongside McGraw Hill’s ALEKS and Pearson’s SuccessMaker, that enable adaptive sequence and adaptive assessment for grades K-8.

“Adaptive learning” is a popular edtech buzzword, used by curriculum and learning management systems alike. Yet, there’s very little clarity around what this technology does, doesn’t do, and how it actually works.

With support from education giant Pearson, EdSurge spent six months extensively researching and developing a framework on what “adaptive learning technology” does. EdSurge took a deep dive into 23 different tools to analyze how each tool adapts or responds to a learner in real-time.

ScootPad has been recognized as one of the three adaptive tools, alongside McGraw Hill’s ALEKS and Pearson’s SuccessMaker, that enable adaptive sequence and adaptive assessment for grades K-8. Furthermore, of the three, ScootPad is distinguished as the only platform covering both Math and ELA for grades K-8, accessible from anywhere at any time on any mobile/desktop device.

“We’re thrilled and humbled to see ScootPad recognized alongside products from industry giants such as McGraw Hill and Pearson in this adaptive learning category.” said Bharat Kumar, CEO of ScootPad. “We are also very excited about several major enhancements to our content and the adaptive learning algorithms scheduled to release this fall that are sure to widen the gap between ScootPad and the competition”.

About EdSurge and their Adaptive Learning research
EdSurge is an independent information resource and community for everyone involved in education technology. EdSurge helps schools find, select and use the right technology to support all learners. In August 2015, with the support of Pearson’s Open Ideas project, EdSurge began their research on adaptive learning and studied 25 different educational technology tools used across K-12 and higher-education market. For more information, visit https://www.edsurge.com/research/special-reports/adaptive-learning.

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 39,000+ schools across 10,000+ 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 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.

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.