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WIOA specifies that “the essential components of reading instruction” be incorporated into instruction. Learn how to administer and interpret diagnostic reading assessments for adult learners, how to build individual reading profiles, and how to use this information to plan effective evidence-based reading instruction.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ELA teachers of GLE 0–3 and 9–12 (for GLE 4–8, see http://sabes.org/star)
  • Program staff involved with assessing the reading levels of the adult learners
  • Anyone who wants to take further EBRI PD offerings

EBRI: Diagnostic Assessments of Reading focuses on diagnostic assessment of adult learners' reading strengths and instructional needs. The strategies presented will also help students who are struggling or who have learning challenges.

EBRI, evidence-based reading instruction, is a set of practices, grounded in research and professional wisdom, for teaching the four essential components of reading (alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) to adult learners. This PD offering is a prerequisite for all further EBRI trainings.

Please note: Previous completion of or current enrollment in STAR trainings fulfills the prerequisite for further EBRI trainings.

This 11-hour PD offering consists of online modules, a practicum, and a live webinar. Completion of all three components is required in order to receive any PD hours. While this training is not eligible for PDPs by itself, it may be bundled with other EBRI opportunities to earn PDPs.

The course opens January 14th. During the first two weeks from 1/14 - 1/27, complete the 6 hours of online self-paced modules, which cover:

  • The relationship between diagnostic assessment and EBRI
  • Administering free individual assessments in alphabetics, fluency, and vocabulary
  • Using learners’ diagnostic reading profiles to determine their strengths and instructional needs (i.e., which components to emphasize and at what level)

During the three weeks from 1/28 - 2/17, complete the practicum and post your results and notes.

In the final weeks from 2/18 – 3/7, read a case study and be prepared to discuss it in the closing live webinar.

In the closing live webinar (2 hours) with Dr. John Strucker on March 8th:

  • Present assessments and learner profiles
  • Discuss the various learner profiles with the group, and share assessment experiences and insights
  • Discuss the case study
  • Discuss some of the challenges faced in implementing diagnostic assessments, and possible solutions to those challenges
Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Explain why diagnostic assessment is critical to EBRI
  • Administer and interpret diagnostic assessments in alphabetics, fluency, and vocabulary
  • Create a learner's reading profile, based on assessment results and the learner's MAPT reading score
  • Summarize the assessment results to inform classroom groupings and instruction
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 
01/14/2019 - 8:00am
End Date: 
03/08/2019 - 4:00pm
BlackBoard (online)
PD Center: 


SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)
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