Actions and Programs
Tutoring Star Program
Student Tutoring Achievement for Reading (STAR)
The Utah State Office of Education is pleased to announce the development of Student Tutoring Achievement for Reading (STAR), a new elementary tutoring program. This program is aligned to the Utah Elementary Core Curriculum, research-based practices, and Utah’s 3-Tiered Model for Instruction. It provides differentiation for tutoring performed by the classroom teacher, para-professional, or volunteer. The STAR tutor manual contains explicit 30-minute lessons that address: fluency, comprehension, vocabulary/phonics, and beginning literacy skills as needed.
Districts are expected to provide on-going training after this initial start-up period. If a district does not have the resources or wishes to use USOE training team members, the USOE will provide training and/or trainers as needed. The USOE will provide a specialist over tutoring to assist local districts throughout the year.
The STAR program will use the leveled books your schools currently own. It will not be necessary to purchase new, leveled readers. Awards for $500 to purchase leveled books will be available annually, as funds are available. Local schools may apply for these awards by verifying the use of the STAR tutoring program at their school.
For questions, please contact susan[dot]Okroy[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Susan Okroy).