Teacher Review for Newsela

Newsela is being disingenuous!

CHRISTINA F.
Classroom teacher
Nathan Hale School
New Haven, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
How I Use It
My school has closed indefinitely. I have used Newsela to access the same articles on different levels. I went to the website and was so grateful when they said it is now free! I set up all classes and linked with googleclassroom. Called 82 homes to let them know that each student will be responsible for 2 articles a day. I just realized that you need to have pro to see which students have done the work. I am embarrassed and heartbroken.
My Take
It is not honest to say the whole site is free when it is not! I realize they need to make money, I just thought that Newsela was really digging in to help fragile, inner city learners.