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Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)

Since the fall of 2008, Minnesota Adult Basic Education (MN ABE) has partnered with STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR), a reading reform initiative from the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), now called the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). STAR targets Low/High Intermediate Basic Education (and in MN ABE, Advanced ESL) students, large and complex populations across the nation.

Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI) is a set of practices proven to increase the reading achievement of a particular student population (including children, adolescents, and adults). EBRI is the foundation of STAR, which specifically provides research- and expert-proven practices for teaching alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension to adult students reading at grade level equivalents (GLE) 4.0-8.9.

In 2012, MN STAR Leadership Team studied the similarities and differences between STAR and EBRI. They concluded that EBRI practices are broader than STAR and for (most) “EBRIbody” in MN ABE. This means for all program managers and reading teachers committed to increasing the reading achievement of Beginning ABE and ESL Literacy, Beginning Basic Education, Low/High Intermediate Basic Education, Low/High Intermediate ESL, and Advanced ESL students.

As a result of this conclusion, EBRI Study Circles (along with companion training material and resources) were developed by ATLAS for MN ABE programs with limited capacity, staffing, space, resources, or students at STAR levels. They were intended to expand implementation of EBRI practices one step at a time – beginning with ONE reading group, component, diagnostic assessment, and instructional plan, step, idea, or material.

STAR and EBRI Practices

1. Conduct diagnostic reading assessments and use results to plan reading instruction.

2. Provide direct and explicit instruction in the reading components of need.

3. Maximize learner (or student) engagement in reading instruction.

4. Select relevant reading materials and teaching activities.

5. Organize reading routines based on need(s), monitor their effectiveness, and adjust as needed. 

How can I find out more about EBRI?

In the fall of 2016, it was decided to merge the STAR and EBRI resources into an “all-in-one” resource library for all MN ABE reading teachers. Click here to access a wide variety of (mostly FREE) resources for:

  • Professional Development
  • Managed Enrollment
  • Diagnostic Reading Assessments
  • Classroom Organization
  • Alphabetics Instruction
  • Fluency Instruction
  • Vocabulary Instruction
  • Comprehension Instruction

In addition, Marn Frank, the ATLAS Literacy & STAR Coordinator, has developed a friendly and helpful resource for Minnesota ABE reading teachers that is intended as a companion to EBRI Study Circles:

  • Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI), a resource for expanding the use of EBRI in Minnesota ABE. The updated 2015 booklet includes: (1) further introduction to EBRI and its alignment with CCRS, (2) diagnostic reading assessments, steps, and guidelines, (3) practical steps, plans, ideas, and routines for alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension instruction, (4) recommended print and online resources (many are FREE!), (5) STAR/EBRI participant testimonials, advice, and support, and (6) content references.


Interested in participating in an EBRI Study Circle? Have any other questions about EBRI or STAR?Please contact Marn Frank, Literacy & STAR Coordinator. 

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