How Freehold Township School District achieved significant reading growth in one school year with Newsela ELA

Reading scores were down as a result of the pandemic at Freehold Township School District in New Jersey. Freehold launched an ambitious district-wide initiative to focus on building literacy skills in every subject. They used Newsela ELA to infuse literacy skills practice in every subject to drive reading growth.

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Key Takeaways

Make literacy a collective goal for all educators and practice literacy skills in every subject area, not just ELA, for greater reading growth.
Incorporate informational texts into lessons wherever possible to expose students to the types of complex texts they’ll see in other subjects and in the real world.
Make literacy skills practice easy for teachers with curated texts and activities aligned to state ELA standards.