The Strategic Adolescent Reading Intervention (STARI)
STARI is a literature-focused, Tier II intervention for students in grades 6-9 who are reading 2-4 years below grade level.
Using research-based practices and highly engaging texts, STARI addresses gaps in fluency, decoding, reading stamina, and basic comprehension, aiming to move struggling students to higher levels of proficiency at the end of one year. STARI actively engages students in discussions of cognitively challenging content aligned to the Common Core and other 21st century standards.
Each unit includes
In a 2013-14 randomized, clinical trial, STARI students outperformed control students in decoding, fluency, vocabulary, sentence structure, and comprehension. Learn More
Brief Program Overview (PDF)
Overview of STARI
Partners working with nonfiction text
Lowry Hemphill on struggling readers
Teacher perspective: Cheri Stewart
Teacher perspective: Mike Andrews
Development of STARI was led by Lowry Hemphill (Wheelock College) through a SERP collaboration with Harvard University and four Massachusetts school districts. The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305F100026 to the Strategic Education Research Partnership as part of the Reading for Understanding Research Initiative. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.
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