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 4.08.9 level classes will participate in STAR during the FY2013-2017 funding cycle.
is to establish structures and practices at the classroom, program, and state levels to support evidence-based reading instruction for intermediate level readers (GLE 4.08.9/Pre-ASE) that results in increased learner outcomes.
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
For more information about STAR visit the OCTAE STAR website.