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.
READ Act Resources:
Most frequently used resources by topic:
READ Act Statute and State Board Rules:
- House Bill 12-1238: The Colorado READ Act (PDF) (updated September 2018)
- House Bill 18-1393 (amendments to the READ Act May 2018)
- Rules for the Administration of the Colorado READ Act (PDF)
(Amended by State Board on October 11, 2017)
- HB 17-1160
Legislative Report and Use of READ Act Funds:
READ Plan Working Group
(updated September 21, 2018)
This spring, a bill was passed to convene a working group to study the creation and use of READ plans. The working group was formed under the direction of the Commissioner and will work through early 2019. The working group is comprised of educators, parents, principals, district leaders, and literacy experts and will be selected to represent districts from across the state. Learn more about this group here...
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.
The Office of Literacy along with the Exceptional Student Services Unit at CDE will be hosting the fourth annual READing Conference on Thursday and Friday, September 27 and 28, 2018. To access the conference program, session description and handouts for the session go to our READ Conference Webpage.