11/7/13- Interim Assessment Review Results to be presented December 11th at State Board Meeting:
This fall, the department is conducting a review process to determine which interim reading assessments to submit for State Board approval for use with the READ Act. State Board of Education rules currently identify PALS, DIBELS, and DRA2 as interim assessments for 2012-13 and 2013-14. In order to ensure a thorough review of available interim reading assessments, the department will be making recommendations to the State Board of Education on interim assessments at the December 11, 2013 meeting. The State Board will vote to approve interim reading assessments at their January 8, 2014 meeting.
9/21/13- Professional Develompment 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.
9/10/13- RFI for Interim Assessment:
Request for Information (RFI) has been initiated by the department to solicit reading interim assessment tools for inclusion on the 2013-2014 Read Act Colorado State Board of Education Approved List of Interim Assessments, pursuant to C.R.S. 22-7-1209.
The department is engaging practitioners from the field with literacy expertise to assist with the review process. Applications for the review committee were available on the READ Act webpage by Sept. 15. CDE will engage a facilitator to support the review process utilizing the criteria set forth in the READ Act and state board rules. For a full description of the review process, please visit the READ Review Process webpage.
CDE anticipates making recommendations to the state board of education on interim assessments at the November board meeting with a vote anticipated at the December meeting. Following 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.
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.
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.
- House Bill 12-1238: The Colorado READ Act (PDF)
- Colorado READ Act pamphlet (PDF)
- READ Act Timeline of Implementation (PDF)
- READ Act Fact Sheet (PDF)
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.
- Letter to READ Act constituents (PDF)
- Rules for the Administration of the Colorado READ Act (Final adopted by State Board)
- Cut-off Scores for Identifying a Significant Reading Deficiency (PALS)
- Cut-off Scores for Determining a Significant Reading Deficiency (DIBELS)
- Cut-off Scores for Determining a Significant Reading Deficiency (DRA2)
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.
- Spring Outreach PowerPoint presentation (PDF)
- School Readiness Assessment Guidance for Kindergarten (1.0) (PDF)
- Approved K-3 Diagnostic Assessments and K-2 Summative Assessments (PDF)
- Parent Communication (PDF)
- Read Plan Example (Word) Read Plan Example (PDF) This example demonstrates the components of a READ Plan as outlined in House Bill 12-1238: The Colorado READ Act. Districts can build upon this template or can add these components into an existing district designed plan. The drop down menus are created to show how fields could be pre-populated for teachers. Districts should use this example to create their own READ Plans.
- SRD Flow Chart