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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.

Teacher and kids reading

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Submit Your Application for the Annual Literacy Professional Development Grant Program

View more information and access the application materials.

Interim Assessment review

On March 14, 2019 CDE staff presented to the State Board of Education the new process outlined in HB 18-1393 for adding to the approved list of assessments authorized under the READ Act. At that time, CDE staff did not recommend adding new assessments to the list. Instead, over the next few months, CDE staff will engage the State Board of Education in a discussions about the number of assessments that should be on the list and other criteria the State Board would like to consider in addition to technical adequacy for inclusion on the list. We anticipate that a determination about the list will be made by the fall of 2019.

READ Act Rule Changes

CDE is in the process of finalizing draft rule changes made to the READ Act in HB18-1393 during the 2018 legislative session. A markup copy of the program rules can be found here and can be used for reference.

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