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STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR)

Professional Development Initiative in Evidence-Based Adult Reading Instruction

STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR) supports states with evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) professional development for instructors of intermediate-level adult learners. Through the STAR Network, states can engage with other STAR partners and access a suite of materials to help implement and maintain the STAR initiative.

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For more information on bringing STAR to your state, including justification support and pricing, please contact the project team at projectstar@manhattanstrategy.com

About STAR

STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR) is a national professional development initiative for adult reading instruction created by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). For more than 10 years, OCTAE has used STAR to help states and local programs improve adult reading achievement by implementing evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI).

STAR is intended for instructors teaching intermediate-level adult learners (grade level equivalent 4.0 – 8.9). STAR Training Packages are available to states for purchase and pricing is based on the training package selected. The training includes:

  • Full STAR training with a nationally certified trainer
  • Access to interactive EBRI resources for adult education
  • Membership in the LINCS STAR Community of Practice
  • Monthly Teacher Tips
  • Ongoing support for STAR Implementers

Local programs should check with their state professional development lead for access to the STAR Network.

For more information on bringing STAR to your state, including justification support and pricing, please contact the project team at projectstar@manhattanstrategy.

Why STAR?

STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR) helps its state partners align professional development programming to WIOA Sec. 223 requirements. STAR is based on a body of research that is summarized in the report Research-based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction (published by the Partnership for Reading and written by John Kruidenier).

Instructors that use evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) help learners improve their skills in each of the four essential components of reading—alphabetics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension—by using EBRI to explain new concepts and strategies, and by providing feedback when learners practice.

States in the STAR Network can access STAR training – a hybrid, flipped training model for administrators in local adult education programs. STAR training includes two (2) in-person meetings plus 30 interactive and self-paced online modules that include activities that are put into practice in the classroom.

STAR Training Features

  • Interactive online learning
  • Diagnostic assessment classroom practice
  • Virtual program portfolio
  • Action planning with program team
  • Supportive community of peers
  • Quick access to research, tools and techniques

Local programs should check with their state professional development lead for access to the STAR Network. For more information on bringing STAR to your state, please contact the project team at projectstar@manhattanstrategy.com.