Montesano School District

Excellence in Education

Montesano is a community where people learn,
grow and work together.  With high-quality
instruction, every student, regardless of race, class,
language, or disability, can succeed. 


Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. It's easy and amazing.

Every Article At 5 Levels.

Newsela is a leveled reading program for students in grades 3 through high school students. It begins with news stories that are rewritten to correspond to different levels of reading complexity.

Newsela starts by selecting news stories published by McClatchy-Tribune papers that are likely to have some interest or relevance to students. (McClatchy-Tribune is a partner. News sources include the Seattle Times, Orlando Sentinel, the Associated Press, the LA Times, and the Chicago Tribune.)  Newsela has hired journalists to rewrite those stories at different grade levels. Each story is published at four different lexile reading levels as well as in its original form, for a total of five different reading levels. 

Students take short quizzes, aligned with Common Core standards and associated with the different lexile levels to assess their comprehension. If they struggle with the quiz, they can read the story at a lower lexile level (or similarly at a more complex level if they ace the quizzes). Because all students get a chance to absorb the same material, however, teachers can lead class discussions on the article topics with all students, no matter what their reading level. Because the articles are drawn from current news feeds, the topics are relevant and timely.

The free version of Newsela (which schools can use) enables students to read current events articles every day at the different lexile levels and track their progress through quizzes.