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House Bill 12-1238: The 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.

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.


12/24/2014 - Rulemaking Revision Process

The department will be initiating a rulemaking process meeting to revise the READ Act rules in relation to the Attorney General’s opinion to allow for the use of Spanish assessments in the determination of a significant reading deficiency for students who receive literacy instruction in Spanish and English. Please note:  the proposed changes to the rule are narrow in scope to align with the Attorney General’s opinion on this specific issue of the use of Spanish assessments in the determination of a significant reading deficiency. 

An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 at the Colorado Education Association located at 1500 Grant Street, Denver.  Virtual meeting capability will be provided for those unable to attend in person. For further information please contact Alisa Dorman or Marisa Calzadillas .

9/10/14 Statewide Professional Development Opportunity

READing Foundations Academy (View Complete course description and downloadable flyer)

In the department’s continued efforts to support the advancement of reading for Colorado’s K – 3 children, the Office of Literacy has initiated a teacher training program called the READing Foundations Academy. The READing Foundations Academy is a no-cost professional development opportunity for Colorado educators in grades K – 3 that will provide teachers an opportunity to expand their knowledge of foundational reading skills, with ties to standards and comprehension throughout each class, to support their students in developing and advancing their reading ability. The department is working with BOCES and districts to provide this exciting opportunity.

View and register for sessions scheduled throughout the state or to arrange an academy in your region, contact Donna Bright at or call at 303-866-6002.

9/10/14 DRA2 Announcement:

DRA2 Update

The department has important information for Colorado school districts that are currently using the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2) for the purposes of identifying significant reading deficiencies related to the READ Act.  CDE has recently received a message from Pearson, the publisher of DRA2 indicating that they do not intend to resubmit DRA2 for the Colorado State Board of Education Approved List of Interim Assessments.  Please view this communication here

Last fall, CDE conducted a review process in accordance with C.R.S. 22-7-1209 to solicit and review interim reading assessment tools for inclusion on the Colorado State Board of Education Approved List of Interim Assessments.  Pearson submitted DRA2 for review, but the assessment did not pass the review process.  Publishers of assessments that were not recommended by the review committee were able to submit an appeal to the department.  DRA2 did not pass the appeal process. Districts will have until July 1, 2016 (as allowed in statute, C.R.S. 22-7-1209) to transition to the approved interim assessments. 

Please view the list of recommended interim assessments here.  For a full description of the review process, please visit the READ Review Process webpage.

5/30/14 - READ Act Annual Legislative Brief

The Office of Literacy is pleased to announce the release of the first annual READ Act Legislative Brief. The report summarizes data collected in the spring of 2013, prior to the first full year of implementing the READ Act. The report also provides an overview of accomplishments since the law was passed in May of 2012.

4/21/14 - Spring Outreach Documents

View the Spring 2014 Outreach documents and presentation

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