STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR) is a comprehensive training and professional development package built on strategies for evidence-based reading instruction that adult education instructors and administrators can use to increase the reading achievement of adults who read at the intermediate level (grade level equivalent 4.0 – 8.9). STAR can help improve reading outcomes among intermediate-level adult learners so that they can succeed in the workplace and in their daily lives.
STAR is not a reading curriculum. It is a reading reform initiative that includes professional development, tools, and resources that will expand participants' knowledge of effective reading instruction and improve their ability to build local and state adult basic education (ABE) systems that support reading improvement.
Through STAR training and professional development, adult education reading instructors and administrators will:
- understand the elements of evidence-based reading instruction;
- identify necessary resources including staff, time, materials, space, and feedback mechanisms; and
- develop systems and procedures at the classroom, program, and state levels that support the implementation of evidence-based practices and make systemic changes to sustain evidence-based reading instruction.