Newsela is adaptive. Over time, Newsela creates customized reading levels for each student. These reading levels are determined based on a combination of factors:
- Grade level (set for the class by the teacher)
- Lexile level (can be changed by the student in each article)
- Student performance data
The Teacher's Role
Teachers specify a grade level for each of their classes. Students can group students into different "classes" based on reading levels or tiers. When articles are assigned to the class, Newsela automatically delivers a version of the article appropriate for the "grade level".
The Student's Role
Students can change the Lexile level for any individual article. The Lexile level is a quantitative measure of a text’s complexity.
The appropriate Lexile level for a student can vary for many reasons. For example, students may be instructed to choose a particular level by their teacher, based on the assignment or their own individual progress. Students with reading challenges may need to adjust the reading level below the default reading level at times.
As students start reading and taking quizzes, their progress provides feedback to Newsela on how well they understood what they read. Based on this information, Newsela adjusts the reading level for individual students. Newsela tracks each student’s progress and informs the teacher which students are on track, which students are behind, and which students are ahead.
NOTE: Teachers who are Newsela PRO users can review data about which articles students have read, their quiz scores, and their progress by Common Core State Standard. PRO users can also respond to students’ annotations within Newsela. Newsela PRO is available for FREE for 60 days!