One of the most pressing challenges schools face is that of ensuring that all children become competent readers. Young children who experience problems in reading quickly fall behind their more skilled classmates. This gap in reading skills can emerge as early as first grade, and proves to be pervasive over time. The long-term negative impact of poor reading skills can be enormous.

STAR is designed to be used in one-on-one tutoring with adult volunteers or paraprofessionals as reading practice, not intervention. Lessons enhance classroom instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. Students benefit from increased reading time, targeted practice, and a rewarding reading experience.

The purpose of the Cross-age tutoring program is to provide students with additional reading practice. The program is aligned with the Utah Core Curriculum, research-based practices, and classroom instruction. Current research indicates that a structured cross-age or peer reading tutoring program can provide achievement gains for students needing extra reading practice and instruction beyond what they receive in their regular classroom.

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