Newsela works, and it works for everyone.
Teachers will tell you
92% of teachers said their students find the content they read on Newsela highly engaging.
97% of teachers said Newsela helps their students improve general knowledge on topics they read.
93% of teachers said Newsela helps their students improve their reading skills.
95% of teachers said Newsela’s leveled content empowers them to include all students in the same discussion.
93% of teachers said their students learn when they read articles on Newsela.
94% of teachers said Newsela’s content helps them connect classroom instruction to the students’ lives and lived experiences.
95% of teachers said Newsela offers content that is well-aligned with their teaching goals.
92% of teachers said they and their students can easily find the content they’re looking for on Newsela.
We invited Newsela PRO educators to answer a series of questions about how their students respond to Newsela. These results represent the answers from classroom teachers who use Newsela PRO on a regular basis.
Newsela’s Four Engagement Drivers
Publish high-interest content that reflects student experiences
Studies show that students need texts that reflect their personal experiences to remain engaged. This is especially crucial for hesitant readers, and struggling students are more likely to engage in reading and learning when the text makes a real-world connection to their lives, or when they are interested in the topic. Additionally, nonfiction content that showcases stories of success and hope for people of color drives reading motivation for racially diverse students.
Provide students with autonomy and choice
Many years of studies show that giving students a choice in what they read is crucial for student motivation and engagement, and that students are more likely to read purposefully if they can choose what they read. In fact, self-selected reading activities are approximately twice as impactful in driving reading development as teacher-directed reading activities.
Offer the right level of rigor
Research has shown that texts used for instruction that can be read with at least 95% accuracy produce greater gains than more difficult texts. At the same time, an equally large body of research states that teaching students with only texts that match their comfortable reading level can result in a scenario where the student’s reading growth stalls.
Empower teachers to personalize instruction
Ultimately, it comes down to the teacher. No advancement in classroom technology or instructional materials will ever have the impact of a passionate, empowered teacher. Studies show that teachers are most effective at driving engagement and learning outcomes when they are empowered to differentiate their instruction for the range of needs and interests in their classrooms.
Engaged readers are better learners.
Read more about these engagement drivers and how Newsela closes the reading engagement gap.
See what school leaders are saying.
“I thought Newsela was magic... I loved that with Newsela all the students in a class could read the same text at the same time but at different levels. I thought this was a great tool to help us reach all of our students more effectively.”
Kenneth, Literacy Coach
“I already knew from our classroom pilots that Newsela offered world-class content and instructional tools. What I didn’t know what was an absolute pleasure they’d be to partner with. The Newsela PRO team has provided us with excellent treatment throughout our partnership. The high-quality training sessions, responsiveness to feedback and inquiries, and proactive notifications regarding new content and features have all been first rate.”
Eric, ELA and Social Studies Curriculum Specialist
Buncombe County, NC
“Students were getting much more out of using Newsela than similar products. So when I came to Middletown, I knew that Newsela was one of the first things I really wanted to look into and purchase.”
Natalie, Elementary Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction
“Let me preface by saying that I love Newsela; it is a fantastic way to differentiate for my classroom, and to engage my students in real, meaningful learning about the world around them.”
“It really is so hard to put into words how Newsela has changed my teaching. It has created numerous authentic discussions that engage and encourage my kids to participate no matter their reading level.”
District Case Studies
Learn how district leaders brought personalized instruction to teachers and students with Newsela PRO.