Research Outline

Goal Setting and Tracking Software


To identify a list of digital learning tools that are used to set and track the learning goals of students at high schools and beyond. These tools and features are used to evaluate the performance of both formal learning and extramural activities other than language learning.

Early Findings

  • In the space of developing individualized learning plans (IEP), the US National Association of Special Education Teachers has developed an application called IEP Goals & Objectives with Common Core State Standards. This digital tool has the feature of goal-setting and helps students make educational decisions. There is a separate mobile application, IEP Goals Activity Tracker Mobile App, which tracks students' progress.
  • For the learning of math, Toodledo, a web-based application, allows students to set their goals and track progress. This digital tool suits high school students as well and could be run on both desktop and mobile devices.
  • According to EmergingEdTech in 2017, 7 applications used for setting goals were suitable for students and learning activities in general, namely GoalsonTrack, Toodledo,, Stickk, Lifetick, Habit List, and Balanced. In 2016, a blog article recommended 3 additional ones, namely Joe's Goals, Whooo's Reading, and Honorable Mentions.
  • Google Sheet is an easy digital tool to track the learning progress of high school students, which is, however, used by educators in Google Classroom. As part of the learning management system, these tools help both educators and students summarize and view the statistics of students' performance. Similarly, GradeCraft is an application used by educators to track the performance of high school students.
  • For adults in the workplace, 10 digital tools were recommended by Engagedly and 11 applications were suggested by Forbes, for setting and tracking goals. Similarly, 5 software and applications used to set and/or track goals were recommended for entrepreneurs. Moreover, Weekdone is also a project management software, which provides goal-setting features.

Summary of Early Findings

  • The initial hour of early research revealed some digital tools for both schools and workplaces, however, it appears to be limited information dedicated to high school or college students, but for students in general or special education.
  • However, there is more variety in the workplace, regarding tools used for setting goals and tracking them, which could possibly be used by high school and college students. This is driven by the trend of experiential learning and project- and case-based learning.
  • Although time was spent on finding information associated with startups and professional exams, early research did not uncover any new ventures in this niche space of educational technology; no digital tools feature the support for studying professional exams, such as SAT, MCAT, and LSAT. Hence, information is expected to be limited.
  • Due to time constraints, little time was spent on the type of devices that software supports, the types of goal-setting, and how these digital tools were used by students to track and meet their goals. Further research will focus on these aspects.