What Is the STAR Reading Program?


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The STAR Reading Program provides instruction in foundational reading skills, reading informational texts, literature reading and language skills to K-12 students. The structure of the program assesses 46 reading skills in 11 domains, and teachers receive feedback on student performance within a brief 15-minute time frame.

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STAR Reading measures individual student performance to identify levels of reading competence and Student Growth Percentile and provides screening reports to educators. Assessments include skills-based tests.

The foundational skills category covers basics phonics, word recognition, reading fluency and reading comprehension. Students also learn to understand literature by identifying key ideas and themes, understanding the use of figurative language and the author's use of specific words, analyzing and comparing texts, analyzing text complexity and identifying different reading levels. Students also study informational texts, including connections and relationships within the texts, cause and effect, the author's perspective, structures of argument, and reading range. Language analysis includes a study of word relationships, context clues, figures of speech, words with several meanings and antonyms.

STAR Reading comes in two editions: Core Progress and Core Progress for Common Core. The design of both products corresponds to various state and national standards for reading education. The STAR website details the reading program's correspondence to state guidelines.

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