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Colorado READ Act


READ Collection and Fund Distribution

The legislature made several important changes to the READ Act this year because Colorado schools and districts overall were not seeing dramatic increases in students reading at grade level by third grade – the goal policymakers and educators set when the law was created in 2012.

CDE anticipates distributing this school year’s funds the week of Monday, Aug. 12. Please note that the READ Act per-pupil fund distribution will be less for the 2019-20 school year compared to previous years because Senate Bill 19-199 creates new provisions in the law. CDE anticipates per-pupil funds will be reduced by approximately 20 percent. 

SB19-199 also modifies allowable funding uses for students with significant reading deficiencies. They now include:              

  • purchase of core reading instructional programs that are included on the advisory list of instructional programming in reading and supporting technologies,
  • purchasing tutoring services in reading,
  • providing professional development programming to support educators in teaching reading,
  • providing other targeted, scientifically or evidence-based intervention services; or
  • operating a summer school literacy program.

For questions about the READ Act, contact Anji Gallanos, Director, Preschool through Third Grade Office, at or 720-527-0497. 


Additional SB19-199 READ Act Informational Webinar

Due to high volume of participation on the June 11 webinar, we exceeded our allowable user limit. To accommodate those who are interested in participating live, we are scheduling a second webinar with increased capacity to present the same content regarding changes to the READ Act brought forth in the 2019 legislative session. The webinar will also cover an overview of the new implementation measures.


Monday, July 29, 2019

*Participate in July 29 webinar

*Prior registration is not required.

5th Annual READing Conference

Join CDE in Grand Junction, Colorado on October 10 and 11, 2019 for two days of exceptional learning with leading reading researchers and experts. Registration is free and will be available early fall. 

Save the date flyer (PDF)

READ Act Statute and State Board Rules


House Bill 12-1238: The Colorado READ Act (PDF) - updated September 2018

The Colorado READ Act with the inclusion of SB 19-199 amendments - PENDING

House Bill 12-1238 (PDF): The Colorado READ Act (original statute)


Frequently Accessed Resources

Information for Parents:

Legislative Report and Use of READ Act Funds:

READ Plan Working Group:

Stay Informed

Please sign up for the READ Act communication list in order to stay informed of changes and updates related to SB19-199, READ Act Implementation Measures. CDE will announce ways to participate and provide your feedback throughout the implementation process.

Sign up for the READ Act communication list

CDE will also host monthly webinars to keep interested parties informed of the SB19-199 implementation process.