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Context: 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

Links are for descriptive purposes only; see ELA Events for current dates and registration

  1. Overview of EBRI (online, repeats monthly)
  2. Diagnostic Assessments of Reading (online)
  3. Components of Reading for GLE 0-3: Fluency (online); Alphabetics (online)
  4. Components of Reading for GLE 9-12: Teaching Advanced Readers (F2F with online follow-up)
  5. STAR PD is for teachers of reading at GLE 4-8. It includes coaching and technical assistance. STAR registrants who are only teaching GLE 4-8 do not need to enroll in other EBRI PD.
  6. Coaching: Ask Merilee Freeman (mfreeman@qcc.mass.edu) about working with an EBRI coach for post-PD support.

For more information:


Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)
Learning Disabilities
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Resource Type: 
Research/Evidence-Based Practice
PD Center: 


SABES English Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction PD Center