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House Bill 12-1238: The Colorado READ Act


4/15/14 - Cut Score Documents for Interim Assessments :

With the approval of new interim assessments in February of 2014 cut scores documents have been created to identify SRD for each of the assessments.


3/20/14 - Spring READ Outreach - April and May :

The Colorado Department of Education Office of Literacy is offering a series of training sessions across the state designed to support further implementation of the READ Act (HB 12-1238). The training sessions are designed for teachers and instructional leaders focused on (1) Review of READ Act, (2) READ Plan Exemplars, (3) ELL guidance (4) READ Collection. Sessions will be capped at 40 participants so please sign up early, additionally we will provide light refreshments at each session.

Please make sure to bring a computer with you to access documents we will refer to during the session.

To register for a session click this link :

All sessions will take place from 4:30pm - 7:00pm


Northeast Area
 Location VenueDATE
 Limon CANCELLED on 4/4/14 East Central BOCES, 820 2nd St, Limon , CO CANCELLED on 4/4/14 April 8th
 Haxtun Northeast BOCES, 301 W. Powell St Haxtun, CO April 23rd
 Ft. MorganFort Morgan School District Offices 715 W Platte Ave. Ft Morgan, CO
 May 7th
   Southwest Area
DurangoFt. Lewis College, 1000 Rim Dr. Durango, COMay 5th
AlamosaAdams State College, 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, COMay 6th
North Central Area
GreeleyUniversity of Northern Colorado, 1700 9th Ave, Greeley, COMay 5th
BrightonDistrict Training Center, 80 S 8th Ave. Brighton, COMay 6th
   Metro Area
 LakewoodHomewood Suites, 139 Union Blvd Lakewood, CO May 8th
 Denver  SESSION FULL Park Hill Golf Course 4141 E.  35th Ave., Denver, CO  SESSION FULL May 13th  SESSION FULL
ThorntonAdams 12 Conference Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave, Thornton, COMay 19th
PuebloRawlings Library 100 E. Abriendo Ave, Pueblo, CoMay 14th
Colorado Springs Area
Colorado Springs  SESSION FULLTesla Educational Opportunity school 2560 International Cir., Colorado Springs   SESSION FULLApril 21st  SESSION FULL
Colorado Springs Ute Pass BocesUte Pass BOCES 405 El Monte Place Manitou Springs, COApril 22nd
South East Area
LamarLamar Public Library  102 E. Paramenter St, Lamar,COMay 15th
North West Area
SteamboatSteamboat Community Center 137 10th St., Steamboat,COMay 13th
Central Mountains
SummitSummit County District Offices 150 School Rd., Frisco, COMay 14th


3/7/14 - Instructional Programming Reviewers Needed:

The Office of Literacy will be reviewing newly submitted instructional programs on April 17th and April 18th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. We are looking for stakeholders from across the state to participate in this review process. Please click here to submit an application to be part of the review team. The number of individuals needed will depend on the number of programs submitted.

  • Applications will be accepted through the close of business March 21, 2014.
  • Applications will be reviewed the week of March 24th.
  • Applicants will be notified by March 28th if they are part of the review team

If you have question about this process please contact Marisa Herrera -


2/13/14 - Instructional Programming RFI:

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit Instructional Programming for inclusion on the 2014-15 Read Act Advisory List of Instructional Programming, pursuant to C.R.S. 22-7-1209. This is not a competitive process. Any provider that meets the criteria specified below may be considered for inclusion on the provider list. The advisory list will be available to Colorado schools and school districts via the Colorado Department of Education’s website: This RFI does not include a provision for expenditure of state funds to providers on the list, and there is no guarantee that providers will be selected by schools/districts. The list of providers will be maintained by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The list will be updated annually. Each year, there will be an opportunity for new providers to apply to be added to the list by meeting the criteria specified below. Providers may be removed from the list if their instructional programming is found to no longer meet the stated criteria. The state may revise its criteria over time as needed. 

Please note, if you have an existing instructional program that is currently on our advisory list of instructional programming You do not need to complete the request for information.   If there is another product that is currently not on our Advisory List of Instructional Programs and you would like it to be included, please follow and complete the referenced RfI.  


The format outlined below must be followed in order to assure consistent application of the evaluation criteria. An electronic version of the proposal must be submitted to Marisa Herrera: and copy Pati Montgomery at: by Friday, March 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

  • In addition to the electronic version, please provide 5 hardcopies mailed to the Colorado Department of Education to the attention of Pati Montgomery at 201 E. Colfax Ave., Room 106, Denver, CO 80203. 
  • All proposals must include sufficient examples of the instructional programming so that they encompass the breadth and scope of the program. Do not send the entire program kit of student texts. 
  • A sample for each grade level is sufficient.  Only a sampling of manipulatives is required.  
  • These instructional materials must also be received by March 28, 2014 and must be delivered to the address outlined. Incomplete proposals will NOT be considered.


2/12/14 - Interim Assessment Results:

The State Board of Education approved the new interim assessments for inclusion in the 2013 - 2014 school year. With the adoption of an approved interim assessment list, districts will have until July 1, 2016 (as allowed in statute, C.R.S. 22-7-1209) to transition to the approved interim assessments. Prior to this, the department will conduct an additional interim assessment review.

English Assessments

Spanish Assessments



Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills Next (DIBELS Next)

Indicadores Dinámicos del Éxito en la Lectura (IDEL)

Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST)


i Ready


ISIP Early Reading Istation

ISIP Early Reading SpanishIstation

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening Español

*STAR Early Learning (comprised of both STAR Early Literacy K-2 and STAR Reading grade 3)



9/21/13- Professional Development Webinars Posted:

The Office of Literacy developed and posted two webinars as resources to provide guidance in the implementation of the READ Act. The Cycle of Instruction and Identifying a Significant Reading Deficiency are hosted on our Professional Development Opportunities page.


9/12/13 - Final Per Pupil Funding Allocation for READ

HB 12-1238: The Colorado READ Act provides per-pupil intervention funds for students identified as having a Significant Reading Deficiency. The Colorado legislature allocated a total of $15.4 million for distribution in the 2013-2014 school year. Last spring, each district and BOCES reported the number of K-3 students identified as having a Significant Reading Deficiency. Based on the data reported, the Department has calculated the total amount each reporting district and BOCES will receive, and a spreadsheet for review has been posted to the Colorado READ Act webpage, below. Each reporting district and BOCES may expect that per-pupil funds are received by mid-September. Questions should be directed to the Office of Literacy.

FINAL Per Pupil Funding Spreadsheet

Districts will receive an electronic funds transfer for the READ Act distribution into the same account in which they receive state share distributions.  This transfer occurred on Wednesday, September 18.  The district should code the distribution with source code 3000 and grant code 3206. 



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.

The resources below provide more information about the Colorado READ Act.

READ Act Rules

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the State Board voted to approve the Rules for the Administration of the Colorado READ Act. A copy of the rules and the Cut-off Scores for Identifying a Significant Reading Deficiency document are linked below.

Public Outreach Meetings

Spring 2013 Outreach Meetings

In the Spring of 2013, the department provided training sessions for teachers and instructional leaders focused on (1) understanding components of the READ Act, (2) identifying a significant reading deficiency, (3) developing effective READ plans, and (4) submitting READ data to the Department. Information about the opportunity to participate in a state sponsored license for the DIBELS Next System was also provided. The handouts below were available at all of the outreach meetings.

Recorded READ Spring Outreach Webinar available now.


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