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READ Act Statute and State Board Rules

The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (Colorado READ Act) was passed by the Colorado legislature in 2012, giving the state the guiding philosophy, structure and resources to get children reading at grade level by the time they enter the fourth grade. After six years of implementation of the READ Act, schools and districts were not seeing the dramatic improvements in reading levels envisioned by state leaders which led to updates in the READ Act through the passage of SB-19-99.

READ Act Rules

The State Board of Education noticed a rulemaking process for Rules for the Administration of the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act), 1 CCR 301-9.  This update to the rules with incorporate changes to the READ Act that occurred in the 2018 and 2019 legislative sessions.  The rulemaking hearing is scheduled for the February State Board of Education meeting.


A copy of the rules can be found at the following link.

Changes related to SB 19-199 can be found here.

The State Board of Education is accepting public comments on the noticed rules.  Those interested in submitting feedback can do so at the following email address



The Colorado READ Act (PDF) - revised 2019

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