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Colorado READ Act

The READ Act

The Colorado Reading To Ensure Academic Development Act (Colorado READ Act) was passed by the Colorado Legislature during the 2012 legislative session. The READ Act repeals the Colorado Basic Literacy Act (CBLA) as of July 1, 2013, keeping many of the elements of CBLA such as a focus on K-3 literacy, assessment, and individual plans for students reading below grade level. The READ Act differs from CBLA by focusing on students identified as having a significant reading deficiency, delineating requirements for parent communication, and providing funding to support intervention. Other components of the Colorado READ Act include a competitive Early Literacy Grant and a resource bank of assessments, instructional programming, and professional development.

Information for Parents

Learn more about the Colorado READ Act including how to support reading at home and how to talk to your child's teacher about their reading progress. Discover resources to support early literacy and help your child read at grade level by the end of third grade.

READ Act Resources: 

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Interim Assessment Solicitation
CDE announces the solicitation of proposals for the interim reading assessment tools, in both Spanish and English,  for inclusion on the 2019 Read Act Colorado State Board of Education Approved List of Interim Assessments, pursuant to C.R.S. 22-7-1209.  The State Board of Education approved list will be available to Colorado schools and school districts via the Colorado Department of Education’s website. Proposals are due February 1, 2019 5:00pm MT. Proposal information is provided in the Solicitation. In addition a copy of the interim assessment rubric can be viewed here.

Interim Assessment Information Webinar
The Preschool through Third Grade office at CDE is seeking your feedback on the rubric used for the approval of reading assessments under the READ Act.   We will be hosting a brief webinar on November 29th, 2018, at 1PM which will provide information about the rubric and an opportunity to provide feedback online.  If you cannot join live, the webinar will be recorded and posted to the READ Act page on the CDE website. Recorded webinar link.

In addition to the recorded webinar, there will be an opportunity to provide feedback at a face-to-face meeting on December 13th,  2018 at 9:00 AM. This meeting will take place in Denver at 1560 Broadway, 11th floor, Aspen rooms A and B. An online participation opportunity will be available for those who wish to attend but cannot join us in person. Space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please apply here:

A copy of the interim assessment rubric can be viewed here.

Feedback on the rubric can be sent to Jamie Olson at  When providing feedback, please organize notes by section on the rubric, or label feedback as "general" if comments pertain to the rubric as a whole. Feedback must be received by December 14, 2018


READ Plan Working Group
(updated January 4, 2019)

READ Plan Working Group Feedback Survey for READ Plans

HB 18-1393 created a READ Plan Working Group to review the creation and use of READ plans under the READ Act. The Working Group is comprised of educators in grades K – 3, upper grade teachers, parents, principals, district leaders, and literacy experts representing districts from across the state, including small rural/rural, urban and suburban districts.  The Working Group will develop recommendations regarding changes to regulations and the department's level of technical assistance and communication to local education providers.  Once complete, these recommendations will be submitted by the Commissioner of Education to the State Board of Education and the education committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate.  These recommendations must be complete on or before February 1, 2020.

In an effort to provide the Working Group with information about areas to improve use and effectiveness of READ plans, a survey has been created to solicit feedback. The survey can be found here:

The survey will be open from January 9, 2019 to February 8, 2019.  For more information on the Read Plan Working Group survey contact Melissa Colsman, associate commissioner of student learning, at 303-866-6737 or

Learn more about this group.





Family and School Partnership in Education Month Kick-Off Event 2018

Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed October to be Family and School Partnership in Education Month for the seventh straight year.  The Colorado Department of Education and the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education are hosting a Kick-Off Event to celebrate the month. Light refreshments, mingling, and resource sharing will follow a brief formal program.  All are welcome to attend.  For more information, click here.

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