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Adult Education Literacy Instruction: A Review of the Research

This report prioritizes scientifically-based adult education research; determines gaps in this research; and fills in those gaps with research findings from K-12 reading, K-12 second language, K-12 reading-writing, adolescent reading, and other adult populations.

Applying Research in Reading for Adults: First Steps for Teachers

A teacher-friendly 2005 publication that applies the identified research principles to actual reading practice.

ESL and Reading Instruction

Check out the Reading in L2 section of the ESL Resource Library for information on reading instruction specifically targeted at ELLs (English Language Learners).

Ideas for Providing Distance STAR Instruction

This March 2020 document provided early ideas from STAR trainers across the country for implementing distance STAR instruction. Not all may be appropriate or reasonable for your ABE program; however, they were intended to inspire creative thinking about how to "carry on" with evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) during the pandemic and school closings.

Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research

Multiple FREE resources published by National Academies Press provide the latest synthesis of adult literacy and learning research.  These resources include a full report, two practitioner-friendly booklets, three short short summary briefs of key findings, and an archived webcast.

Making Skills Everybody’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States

This report examines a global survey from 2013, which found that the U.S. has higher rates of low-skilled adults than other industrialized countries. It proposes 7 strategies for making foundational skill development more prevalent, efficient, effective, and convenient across the country.

Minnesota STAR Project: Meeting the Needs of Struggling Adult Readers

This paper reports on findings and implications from a two-year evaluation of the Minnesota STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR) Project. A combined qualitative and quantitative approach to data collection and analysis confirms that participation in STAR positively influences: 1) teacher knowledge and confidence about teaching reading, 2) student confidence in reading skills, 3) student level completion as measured by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Reading, and 4) student persistence with classes and instruction.

MN EBRI Successes

These inspiring stories of success were collected over four years from Minnesota ABE reading teachers who completed Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI) Study Circles. They report positive changes in ABE programming, teacher knowledge and confidence, and student performance or interest in the reading process.

MN STAR Successes

These inspiring stories of success were collected from Minnesota ABE program managers and teachers who completed Student Achievement in Reading (STAR) trainings between 2009 and 2018. They report positive changes in ABE programming, teacher knowledge and confidence, student performance or interest in reading, and volunteer engagement.

New Evidence for Persistence and Motivation

This summary reports on findings and conclusions from two recent studies on persistence and motivation in adult literacy programs.

Technology Mingle Ideas

Technology mingle ideas recommended by Minnesota STAR teachers.

The Role of Vocabulary Instruction in Adult Basic Education

The author of this chapter analyzes research and theories about vocabulary acquisition, reading comprehension, and their inter-relationship. She presents proven practices for vocabulary instruction and makes other recommendations for research and policy.

What is Evidence-Based Reading Instruction and How Do You Know It When You See It?

A report from the Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) in Los Angeles, CA. Part I defines evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI); Part II offers scenarios of EBRI in ABE; Part III is an EBRI case study; and Part IV makes recommendations for EBRI implementation.