CommonLit Archive Ignite Reading Growth with CommonLit School Essentials and CommonLit School Essentials PRO

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CommonLit’s new Assessment Series with three benchmark exams for grades 3-12, admin-facing data, and a personalized onboarding experience

You might already be familiar with, a digital literacy program that includes over 2,000 English/Spanish reading lessons for grades 3–12. CommonLit’s program has become a go-to resource for English, Science, and Social Studies teachers who are looking for high-quality poems, short stories, and informational texts to drive student achievement.

Teachers have come to love our digital literacy program’s read-aloud tool, translation functionality (which includes over 30 languages!), and scaffolded reading comprehension questions. These features provide teachers with more opportunities to differentiate instruction and support all learners in the classroom.

School Essentials and School Essentials PRO are sold out for SY21–22, but will be back for purchase for SY22–23. We recommend you check out our Fall Special Package ($1,000 per school) here, which is available for purchase for the remainder of the year.

CommonLit School Essentials Packages

Below, we’ve outlined the products and services that are included in these two packages:

CommonLit Assessment Series

With CommonLit’s Assessment Series, teachers in grades 3–12 gain access to 3 specialized benchmark assessments. The first assessment will allow teachers to collect diagnostic reading data at the start of the year. Later in the year, teachers will be able to administer two additional assessments and measure student growth from the beginning to the end of the school year. When schools and districts purchase CommonLit School Essentials PRO, teachers and administrators are able track student performance on CommonLit’s benchmark assessments.

Customized Onboarding Experience

With Clever (or Google Classroom), roster management is made easy. We will work with your team to choose the best rostering solution for your teachers and students. Students can quickly log in to CommonLit via Single Sign-On and teachers can focus on instruction (instead of resetting student passwords).

During the school year, your team will also have access to a dedicated account manager from CommonLit’s District Success team and teachers will receive an answer to all technical questions within one business day.

CommonLit Professional Development Portal

This on-demand training library includes over 20 trainings that focus on best practices for using CommonLit’s digital program. These self-paced training modules include helpful tips for navigating, real-life classroom examples, and application tasks. Each training is designed to be flexible and easy to use, and can be facilitated by an instructional leader or completed independently by teachers.

Formative Data Tracking for Administrators

Available with CommonLit School Essentials PRO only

With access to CommonLit’s school and district-wide data reports, administrators are able to closely monitor student usage and achievement on CommonLit.

CommonLit’s data dashboards make it easy for administrators to monitor how students are performing on all lessons and assessments.

Each reading passage in the CommonLit library includes approximately 5–8 standards-aligned text-dependent questions. With this program, administrators are able to view school-wide student performance on any CommonLit lesson or benchmark assessment they complete. With access to CommonLit’s formative data tracking tools, teachers and administrators can closely monitor trends, set goals for students, and adjust instruction to better meet the needs of all learners.

Live Virtual Kick-Off Training

Available with CommonLit School Essentials PRO only

With CommonLit’s personalized live and recorded trainings, our team will work closely with yours to ensure that all teachers know how to effectively choose lessons from CommonLit’s digital library, navigate and leverage CommonLit’s lesson planning tools, create digital lessons, and use CommonLit’s digital data displays to effectively choose future lessons.

Next Steps

CommonLit is eager to support your team! If you are ready to request a quote, please fill out this quick form.

If you would like to learn more about CommonLit School Essentials, School Essentials PRO, or have questions about how to best roll out CommonLit in your school or district, email