Our commitment to access and equity

Every student deserves to have access to instructional content that excites, empowers, and unlocks their potential.

Raising the bar

As educators and edtech providers, it’s time we raise the bar for access and equity with content that goes beyond how students access the materials and ensures the materials themselves are accessible.

  • Content should be differentiated so every learner can access the texts no matter their reading level

  • Digital platforms used for instruction classroom should be WCAG AA compliant to support students with disabilities

  • Instructional resources should be available on and offline, on web, mobile, or paper, so students can access content anywhere

  • Content should include diverse perspectives so students can see themselves and their communities reflected in the texts

4th grade teacher
California

“The ease of use for my special education students and the range of reading level for high interest topics has been a lifesaver.”

Senior High School Teacher
District of Columbia

"I had some students who had less reliable computer access or were not able to engage with online teaching. Being able to download and print the articles with questions for them to use was invaluable."

WCAG 2.0 Level AA Compliance

We’re proud to deliver instructional materials that benefit every student, specifically those with disabilities. Our WCAG AA certification ensures that 100% of our content is accessible and meets the requirements set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium.

Perceivable

Students can access the information on Newsela with alternative text added to every image and updated colors to meet color contrast standards.

Operable

Newsela is fully operable from a keyboard, ensuring every student can navigate the information on the site.

Understandable

Students can understand the information on the site with consistent elements and simple language.

Robust

Students are able to use assistive technology to access content on Newsela with screen reader-friendly labels.

Every student can access Newsela content

Read Aloud

Students can select the Read Aloud icon and follow along with highlighted text online or with the app. Audio versions available on both English and Spanish texts provide students with additional scaffolds to help them access the materials.

The best lessons start with the best content.

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