Science News for Students is dedicated to reporting on current events in STEM fields that will be accessible to tweens and teens. Yet even adults should find the stories informative and engaging. What’s more, those stories are compatible with the new U.S. Common Core standards for language arts.
In its commitment to ensuring that our stories will be accessible to all students in at least sixth grade, we have for years been holding the readability measures of all stories to a middle-school score. We now also report those scores at the bottom of each piece, in the Power Words section.
Our site measures readability with the Flesch-Kincaid algorithm. It weighs the number of syllables and words in each sentence and accounts for the punctuation used. The resulting score represents the anticipated number of years of education required to readily understand the article as a whole. As an example, a readability score of 7 would indicate that the article should be readily accessible to any student from at least the beginning of seventh grade (and younger, if students read above grade level).
Our readability scores target tweens & teens | Science News for Students