When Newsela was created in 2012, the edtech startup aimed to help students master reading at their own pace, specifically with news articles adapted to different reading levels.
The company’s app has racked up 800,000 teachers, and 7.7 million students as users and counting, according to Newsela CEO and co-founder Matthew Gross.
But when it comes to teaching English Language Arts, the CEO said, teachers wanted more than just news articles to turn their students into great readers and critical thinkers.
Heading into the new school year, Newsela is offering a major new feature it calls the Library, which contains a slew of primary source material, historical and biographical content adapted to different reading levels in both English and Spanish.
Reading material in the Newsela…