Welcome to Student Tutoring Achievement for Reading (STAR)


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 Standards, 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.

Approved Publishers

None at this time!

Fluency Timings



Hábilidad para leer en voz alta:

Tutoria de palabras frecuentes:

Professional Development

Student Tutoring Achievement for Reading (STAR), STAR Advanced, STAR Parent, and Cross-Age tutoring available throughout the year at the Utah State Board of Education (USBE).

2017-2018 Training Dates

September 13, 2017
October 18, 2017
January 17, 2018

USBE Basement West
250 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-3204

Registration Instructions
For registration information, please contact Esther Navarrette.



STAR K-3 Reader with Early and Next Steps

Note: This is an interactive PDF with embedded video links. Using Chrome: Right click to download. Using Internet Explorer: Scroll down to the bottom of the webpage until the save icon appears.

STAR Advanced Tutoring (YouTube):



First Accountability
Individual students are pre-assessed and post-assessed for placement and progress reporting. Accountability reports reflecting these assessments are due before December 31, 2017.

Second Accountability
The Second Accountability Report is due before the conclusion of the school year, approximately the middle of May.

How to Enter Data in the First and Second Accountability Reports


Teacher Recommendation Form

Parent Permission Letter | Parent Permission Letter (Spanish)


Building Readers: A Parents Guide

STAR Reader: Grades K-3 | STAR Advanced Reader


Word Study Checklist


AmeriCorps Fluency Passages



Esther Navarrette
Office Assistant
Phone: (801) 538-7891 | E-mail