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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Massachusetts' STAR Initiative

The purpose of the STAR initiative is to improve student outcomes by building the capacity of the Massachusetts ABE system to implement evidence-based reading instruction in community adult learning centers and adult basic education programs in correctional institutions. All ABE programs with GLE 4.0–8.9 level classes will participate in STAR during the FY2013-2017 funding cycle.

The  STAR Logo  Vision
is to establish structures and practices at the classroom, program, and state levels to support evidence-based reading instruction for intermediate level readers (GLE 4.0–8.9/Pre-ASE) that results in increased learner outcomes.

STAR Logo  structures and practices include:

  • use of diagnostic assessments

  • student grouping according to instructional needs that are based upon the results of the diagnostic assessments

  • explicit instruction that includes an organized STAR daily class routine

  • planning and delivery of evidence-based reading instructional strategies in fluency, alphabetics, vocabulary, and comprehension that is responsive to student needs

  • monitoring outcomes and adjusting instruction as students' needs change


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Preparing for STAR FY17

For more information about STAR visit the OCTAE STAR website.



Last Updated: Jun 16, 2016
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