NewselaImpact on California Schools

Newsela Impact on California Schools

This study examined Newsela’s effect on student reading performance in over 2,500 California schools. Reading achievement on the California state assessment in Newsela schools was compared to matched comparison schools not using Newsela.

Study type: school level

Read the Newsela impact report.

Read the research summary.

Are the Findings Likely to Apply to Districts Like Yours?

Demographic characteristics of Newsela schools in the study sample
Economically Disadvantaged (FRPL program) 58.1%
African American 5.3%
Hispanic 48.3%
English Language Learners 24.1%

Subgroup Differences

Did outcomes vary by characteristics of the students or classroom?

  • Student demographic subgroups benefitted equally from Newsela (small differences were not significant).
  • Newsela classrooms in grades 4, 5, & 7 benefitted more from Newsela than other grades examined.