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WIOA requires ABE programs to provide explicit and systematic instruction in essential components of reading to adult learners of all levels. Explicit and systematic instruction is also good practice for effectively serving our population of students with learning challenges.

Research has identified that four components—alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension—are essential in how reading develops, and essential in the reading process.

What is EBRI? Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI) refers to practices for teaching the components of reading, grounded in research and professional wisdom. EBRI strategies support students with struggles, challenges, and learning difficulties.

EBRI best practices include, among others:

  • Using individual diagnostic assessments to  determine appropriate reading levels and instructional priorities
  • Instruction designed around engaging topics and materials that are relevant to learners’ needs
  • Direct and explicit instruction with a  gradual release of responsibility to learners
  • Formative assessment: continuous monitoring by teachers and learners to gauge instructional effectiveness

EBRI is for all reading levels. STAR is an example of an EBRI initiative created for adult learners at GLE 4-8.

Professional Development and Support for EBRI

Visit EBRI PD in FY23 for information on upcoming EBRI PD.

General information:

Videos--See EBRI in Action

Tools & Resources:


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SABES ELA Curriculum Hub



Topic Area
EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction)
ESOL/English Learners
Learning Disabilities / Differences
STAR (STudent Achievement in Reading)
Media Type
Resource Type
Research/Evidence-Based Practice
PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center