Newsela is adaptive. Over time, Newsela creates customized reading levels for each student and presents them with articles at their current reading level. Teachers can review student reading levels in the Reading Summary tab in the Binder. These levels are determined based on a combination of factors:

  • Grade level (set for each class by the teacher) 
  • Reading level (set for each article by the student or teacher)
  • Student performance data

You can learn more about finding and navigating the reading levels available for each article here

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Teachers specify a grade level for each of their classes. When students do not yet have any activity history on Newsela, they are automatically presented with articles at the reading level closest to the grade level.

Teachers can also make an assignment at a specific reading level, which requires students to take the quiz at that level before viewing it at other levels. 

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Students can decide to read articles and complete quizzes at any reading level, and at multiple levels for the same article, at newsela.com or on the Newsela mobile app.

The reading level for a student can vary for many reasons. For example, students may be instructed to choose a particular level because of the assignment or their own individual progress. Students may decide to adjust the reading level below or above their current reading level. 

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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 shares each student’s reading level activity with their teachers in the Reading Summary tab in the Binder.