Newsela begins publishing Scientific American content adapted for K-12 readers

Newsela begins publishing Scientific American content adapted for K-12 readers

September 22, 2014

America’s longest continuously published magazine and the fast-growing edtech startup team up to bring literacy-building skills into STEM classrooms with the best science news.

NEW YORK, N.Y. Newsela, the education technology company that is using nonfiction to transform K-12 literacy, announced today it has entered an agreement to adapt content from Scientific American, the longest continuously published magazine in the United States, for students at multiple reading levels.

The partnership with Scientific American will allow Newsela to expand its coverage of science, technology, engineering and math topics (STEM) with the most engaging and up-to-date content available at a time when science teachers are being asked to incorporate cross-curricular reading skills into their instruction.

“Science news is often inaccessible to younger and struggling readers. What a missed opportunity,” said Matthew Gross, founder and CEO of Newsela. “With Scientific American, we’re bringing the best-written articles about the world’s most important discoveries and innovations to readers of all ages and abilities.”

Scientific American content will be a weekly feature in Newsela’s Science category and will cover topics such as planetary discoveries and climate change, the wonders of microbiology and the latest innovations in engineering. All articles will published by Newsela at five reading levels for 3rd-12th grade readers, including the original version as it appears in the print or online edition of Scientific American. All Scientific American articles will be available at

"Kids are born scientists and are curious to learn more about the world around them,” says Scientific American Associate VP, Business Development Diane McGarvey. "We are thrilled to partner with Newsela to offer our award-winning content in a manner that will be easily comprehensible to students at various reading levels."

Newsela became one of the fastest growing K-12 technology startups last year by giving educators a way to teach reading across a range of abilities and subject areas. By adapting news articles from the world’s most trusted media sources to various reading levels, Newsela engages all students in the same topic, whether they are below-grade or advanced readers.

ABOUT NEWSELA INC.: Newsela unlocks the written word by publishing daily news articles at five reading levels to engage students in grades 3-12 in high-interest topics from immigration and diplomacy to drones and animal extinction. Launched in 2013, more than 200,000 teachers have assigned more than 11 million Newsela articles to their students, placing Newsela among the most quickly adopted educational technologies in history. When students read articles and take Common Core-aligned quizzes online, they are developing the critical nonfiction literacy skills that empower them to take part in conversations about complex issues, and prepare them for academic and professional success. To read more, visit and follow @newsela.

ABOUT SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: Scientific American is at the heart of Nature Publishing Group's consumer media division, meeting the needs of the general public. Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S. and the leading authoritative publication for science in the general media. Together with and 14 local language editions around the world, it reaches more than 5 million consumers and scientists. Other titles include Scientific American Mind and Spektrum der Wissenschaft in Germany. Scientific American won a 2011 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. For more information, please visit