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Learning doesn’t have to stop when schools close. Prepare for distance learning with Newsela.


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An instructional content platform that brings together engaging, accessible content with integrated assessments and insights to supercharge reading engagement and learning in every subject. Though most powerful as a digital platform, Newsela can be used without either devices or the internet with print options and offline access.
Matthew Gross, Founder & CEO, Newsela
We are aiming to improve reading comprehension, knowledge acquisition and reading motivation among students of all abilities.

Matthew Gross, Founder & CEO, Newsela


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HundrED 2021

HundrED 2018

Quality Education for all during Covid-19

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Innovation Overview

5 - 18
Age Group
39 500 000
10 378
Updated on April 22nd, 2021
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What is Newsela?

Every teacher knows that students often tune out when reading at school. Young people are so used to interacting with great digital content outside of the classroom, but their experiences of reading static textbooks in school rarely measure up. 

With Newsela, reading can be every teacher's most powerful learning tool. This instructional content platform solves the problem of reading engagement holistically for students, teachers and principals. Newsela offers fresh, adaptive reads for every subject, combined with assessment tools such as quizzes, annotations and writing prompts. 

Learners can access dynamic, game-changing content from premier sources such as the Washington Post, Smithsonian and, covering topics students care about. Every article comes in 5 reading levels, tailored to the skill level of each reader. As learners pick up new literacy skills, the language becomes more sophisticated.

Assessments are integrated directly into articles to help students engage with the content and to give teachers and principals actionable insights on students’ activity and progress that can be used to improve learning outcomes. The platform's most important function is to enable teachers to assess students' abilities in real time and then adjust their instruction right away. 

As well as improving reading skills in general, Newsela aims to boost learners' media literacy. By pairing news consumption with reading comprehension practice, Newsela helps students to develop the higher-order critical thinking skills they need to vet information on their own.

Newsela can be used without either devices or the internet with print options and offline access. 



HundrED Academy Review

The need of the hour! To be able to learn and excel rapidly, one needs to promote reading and this is exactly what Newsela is doing, this needs to given a shout out socially!

- HundrED Academy Member

I like the fact that this platform combines media literacy, levelled reading, critical sources, and the ability for teachers to track performance. This platform can be great for older students whoa are second language learners that need a more simple reading level but still age appropriate.

- HundrED Academy Member
Newsela delivers an engaging digital experience to learners that is differentiated and relevant, deepens critical thinking, forges connections and helps students to make sense of what they’re learning. Already having a large impact in the United States, Newsela now plans to expand their reach globally.
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Achievements & Awards

April 2020
Quality Education for All during Coronavirus
May 2019
October 2017
HundrED 2018
October 2017
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