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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 email@example.com 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
*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.
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
- Senate Bill 19-199 (PDF): amendments to the READ Act May 2019
- House Bill 18-1393 (PDF): amendments to the READ Act May 2018
- House Bill 17-1160 (PDF) amendments to the READ Act May 2017
House Bill 12-1238 (PDF): The Colorado READ Act (original statute)
- 1 CCR 301-90: Rules for Administration of Early Literacy Grant Program (PDF) 11/30/18
- 1 CCR 301-92: Rules for Administration of the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act - READ Act (PDF) 11/30/17
Frequently Accessed Resources
Information for Parents:
Legislative Report and Use of READ Act Funds:
- READ Act Annual Legislative Reports
- Use of Per Pupil Intervention Funds *Coming soon to reflect SB 19-199 amendments to READ Act
READ Plan Working Group:
The Colorado Literacy Framework:
- Learn more about the Colorado Literacy Framework.
- Elementary Teacher Literacy Standards (revised 2016)
- CAS Reading, Writing, and Communicating
- Minimum K-3 Literacy Skills Matrix
Early Literacy Grant:
Early Literacy Grant Website
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.
CDE will also host monthly webinars to keep interested parties informed of the SB19-199 implementation process.