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Adaptive, individualized math, reading, and spelling.

What parents need to know

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Kids are encouraged to improve each time they use the site.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ScootPad is a learning platform that helps kids practice math, reading, and spelling. If your child is using ScootPad in the classroom, make sure you activate your parent account and link it to your kid's existing account. This will allow you to partner with your child's classroom teacher and track progress. If you're using ScootPad independently, you can use your account to set up learning tracks and select assignments for your child. ScootPad is a solid place for kids to practice math and literacy skills. However, although they may be motivated by the opportunity to play unrelated games after succeeding on the site, there are better ways to create and keep kids' interest.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • spelling


  • arithmetic
  • counting
  • patterns

Engagement, Approach, Support


ScootPad is a collection of straightforward drill-and-practice problems that aren't very exciting. However, kids will love spending their rewards to play online games, and the colorful, cartoony interface is appealing.

Learning Approach

Practice builds confidence, and ScootPad provides a way to do that and get immediate feedback. Kids can track their progress and celebrate their growth as they build skills.


A "listen" button will read questions out loud, which is great for kids with different learning styles. However, the site is missing ways for kids to extend or further apply what they've learned.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • spelling


  • arithmetic
  • counting
  • patterns

Kids can learn to master Common Core Math and English standards ranging from kindergarden to fifth-grade levels. Math exercise stretches from basic arithmetic to fractions and graphing points. Language skills include basics like identifying the cover of a book along with word recognition and spelling. ScootPad is convenient, one-stop shopping for math, reading, and spelling practice, although it could use some better tools to truly engage kids.

This Learning Rating review was written by Emily Pohlonski

What's it about?

SCOOTPAD is a website that attempts to tie together the various tasks and routines of an elementary school classroom into one online platform. Kids can practice math, reading, and spelling all while receiving immediate feedback. You can assign customized learning paths to kids, then track and reward their progress. The class-wall tool lets kids receive direct messages from their teachers, but parents can view them, too.

Is it any good?


ScootPad provides a way for parents to practice skills with their children at home that's directly aligned with what's going on in the classroom. Its cost is much less than some programs like iXL that provide a similar service. However, the quality isn't quite as good. 

Practice results show the number correct and incorrect. However, each time a kid gets an answer wrong, the site says, "Oops," and prompts them to try the other multiple-choice option. It doesn't follow up with any additional questions of that same type, so frustrated or bored students can simply click around on the screen until they get through the task. Kids will initially enjoy the fireworks that go off when they finish a quiz correctly, but the novelty will wear off, especially when they realize they can get fireworks with very little effort. Kids get rewarded in the form of coins, which can be used to unlock online games. This system may keep kids on track for a while, but, in the long run, these kind of rewards aren't intrinsically motivating, and kids may lose interest. Additionally, the games, combined with the online math and English practice, can really increase a student's screen time each day. However, the adaptablity of ScootPad's lessons makes it a worthwhile tool that can reach kids at lots of different levels.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about setting goals and making plans to achieve those goals.

  • Families also can talk about the importance of practicing skills to improve them.

  • Looking for more online learning tools? Check out our list of fun and educational websites.

Website details

Topics:Numbers and letters
Pricing structure:Paid, Free (Various plans available ranging from free to $199/year.)

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Parent Written byAddisonMom June 9, 2014

Perhaps okay for reading - horrible customer service

Good look communicating with this company! My kiddo was enrolled through school & while she enjoyed the program, I couldn't find a sensible way to communicate with this company :-( After my kiddo was enrolled in ScootPad at school, I immediately began receiving a consistent flow of emails. Surprisingly, there was no way to unsubscribe & I would've never opted-in from my work email (the school did this). Nonetheless, I replied with "unsubscribe" a half dozen times without success. Finally,calling gets you the constant loop of "tell us why you're really calling" with massive effort required to figure out which option will get you to a live person. Not a well supported company!
What other families should know
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old May 22, 2014


What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educator and Parent Written byAutumnCrosby November 25, 2014

Terrible Customer Service

As a teacher, I have used this program for two-years. I have never had to contact customer service until now. I was not aware that the program offered a "free upgrade" to my students this year until the upgrade ended. Everyone was very confused, and the kids were very disapointed. In the end, parents got together and chipped in to upgrade the site again. When I upgraded, the selector was in a previous class and upgraded that class in stead of my current class. I immediatly emailed customer service, and two days later had yet to hear a response. I have since spent two weeks trying to get the upgrade transferred to the correct class. I was told by the office on the East Coast that it was not possible. Then, after trying another office I was informed it was going to be taken care of in 24 hours by engineering. A week later, no correspondence and no correction to my account. I have sent a total of 5 emails and made 2 phone calls. I have received a total of 2 responses from the company in two weeks. Horrendous customer no-service! There are many similar classroom programs available to my students. I will not be touting this one as a favorite, nor signing my class up again after this catastrophe.


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