Below-grade learners demonstrated measurable
gains in vocabulary and comprehension and Newsela was 70% more
effective than average summer learning programs
YORK, May 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Newsela
released the findings from two multi-faceted research initiatives
that revealed the efficacy of Newsela to support literacy
development and reading skills, with pronounced improvements for
Hispanic students. Newsela's Learning Team, staffed by PhD-trained
researchers conducted the evaluative research.
During a 3-week summer learning program, at-risk students
demonstrated measurable gains in vocabulary and comprehension. With
another 3-4 weeks of instruction from experienced teachers,
students would have met Newsela national average performance levels
and closed the gap in terms of comprehension performance.
In a separate study, Newsela was found to be nearly 70% more
effective at promoting reading skill maintenance and growth
compared to the average summer reading program. Results were
especially pronounced for Hispanic students and for students with
high summer program attendance.
"Over the next few months, it's critical for schools to engage
students with meaningful and rigorous lessons that align to
outcomes," said Dan Cogan-Drew,
Newsela's Chief Academic Officer. "This research proves that
Newsela is an effective tool teachers can use to help bring
students closer to reading level and beyond, especially when it is
used as an integral part of classroom instruction."
Newsela, the leading instructional content platform, empowers
teachers to select the best content for their students that is
vetted and aligned to standards. Content is published at five
reading levels so students can read at their own independent
reading level, and once they're ready, they can level up.
Key Findings in Newsela's Research:
- In as little as 3 weeks, 7-8th grade at-risk students
achieved statistically significant vocabulary gains.
- After a 4-week (11.5 instructional hours) summer reading
intervention, Newsela usage leads to pronounced gains for
- Newsela was nearly 70% more effective than the average
summer learning program.
Newsela takes authentic, real world content from trusted sources
and makes it instruction ready for K-12 classrooms. Texts are
published at five reading levels, so content is accessible to every
learner. Today, more than 3.3 million teachers and 40 million
students have registered with Newsela for content that's accessible
to everyone, aligned to standards, and attached to activities and
reporting that provide visibility into what students are learning
and how teachers are leveraging the content in instruction. With
more than 16,000 texts and multiple new texts published daily
across 20+ genres, Newsela enables educators to go deep on any
topic they choose.
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