SANTA BARBARA, Calif., February 2, 2024―The ScootPad Adaptive Learning platform by Learning Explorer has renewed its Digital Promise certification for Research-Based Design for Instructional Learning.
ScootPad supports intervention and acceleration strategies in ELA and math for grades K-8. The platform helps educators identify students’ needs, continually and automatically assess students’ mastery of concepts, deliver targeted interventions, and monitor learning progress.
ScootPad was acquired by the Learning Explorer company from the ACT® non-profit testing organization in February 2023 and received one of the initial product certifications for research-based design awarded by Digital Promise in 2021.
The Digital Promise certification serves as a rigorous, reliable signal for district and school leaders, educators, and families evaluating edtech products with a confirmed basis in research about learning. Learning Explorer submitted evidence to Digital Promise confirming a link between research on how students learn and ScootPad’s product design.
“We are thrilled to be awarded the Digital Promise certification for Research-Based Design for Instructional Learning,” said Mark Rankovic, Learning Explorer president and CEO. “While several education products offer adaptive and gamified learning experiences, ScootPad’s design is informed by cognitive, learning, and statistical research. This foundation of research powers the platform’s continuous, automatic scaffolding of instruction for each student and application of real-time intervention and remediation.”
“Educators and researchers continue to uncover important insights about how people learn,” said Christina Luke Luna, chief learning officer, Pathways and Credentials at Digital Promise. “Digital Promise’s Research-Based Design product certification recognizes the edtech products that incorporate research about learning into their design and development. Congratulations to the ScootPad Adaptive Learning Platform for demonstrating that research informs product design!”
Through product certifications, consumers can narrow their options as they select products based on research about learning before trying it out in their classrooms. Digital Promise launched the Research-Based Design product certification in February 2020 and has certified over 100 products to date.
The Research-Based Design product certification uses a competency-based learning framework, developed in consultation with Digital Promise’s Learner Variability Project advisory board, expert researchers in the Learning Sciences field, and nearly 50 educators across the United States. Further detail about its development can be found in Digital Promise’s reports, Designing Edtech that Matters for Learning: Research-Based Design Product Certifications (2020) and An Overlooked Indicator of Edtech Quality: The Use of Learning Sciences Research (2022).
All developers, educators, edtech investors, and families are also encouraged to sign the Research-Based Product Promise and demand high-quality, research-driven products that support each unique learner. More information on Digital Promise’s product certifications can be found at productcertifications.digitalpromise.org.
About Learning Explorer and ScootPad
Learning Explorer enables educators to personalize the learning experience for every student. We understand that true personalization fosters deeper learning and standards mastery and allows students to focus on their areas of greatest need. Buit-in automation, adaptation, and engagement allow students to learn at their own pace and sustain measurable learning gains. Based in Santa Barbara, Calif., Learning Explorer has provided educators with time-saving, intuitive learning solutions since 2005. Learn more about ScootPad at www.ScootPad.com.
About Digital Promise
Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization that builds powerful networks and takes on grand challenges by working at the intersection of researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Our vision is that all people, at every stage of their lives, have access to learning experiences that help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and continuously learn in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit the Digital Promise website and follow @digitalpromise for updates.