After her firsthand experience teaching in a low-income school with no books or resources for her students, Michelle Brown knew she needed to do something. Students in low-income schools are generally the last to obtain access to cutting-edge technology and high-quality instructional tools. Becoming frustrated with the lack of free resources for her students, she created CommonLit in 2013.
CommonLit operates a free online reading program for students in grades 3-12, with reading lessons created by literacy experts and former educators. At CommonLit.org, teachers can access a free digital OER library of over 3,000 texts. All texts include passage-dependent questions and scaffolded, tech-enhanced tools to support struggling students. They can also monitor student progress through the Student Performance Dashboard, tracking whole class and individual student performance by standard to detect trends and areas of improvement and plan for future instruction.
Research has confirmed that students with higher usage of CommonLit’s digital program demonstrated significant academic growth. Reading 6 or more CommonLit lessons correlates with over 1.5 times the average expected growth! Among high school students, completing 11 or more CommonLit lessons revealed growth of 0.35 standard deviations! This is nearly 2x the impact of the typical high school intervention (0.19).
CommonLit currently serves over 20 million students around the globe. Our international users increased 656% since the start of the pandemic, reaching nearly one million teachers and students. We expect to continue growing exponentially.
CommonLit is proven to accelerate student learning by up to 2x. We are on track in the next 3 years to accelerate learning for 13 million students globally, and become an 80% earned revenue self-sustainable nonprofit.
Teachers and parents can sign up for a free CommonLit account in English at www.commonlit.org or in Spanish at www.commonlit.org/es.
To learn more about CommonLit and the professional development we offer teachers, please contact Agustina Moppett (email@example.com).