House Bill 12-1238: The Colorado READ Act
Recorded READ Spring Outreach Webinar available now.
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.
- Letter to READ Act constituents (PDF)
- Opportunities to Learn About the Colorado READ Act (PDF)
- House Bill 12-1238: The Colorado READ Act (PDF)
- Colorado READ Act handout (PDF) (distributed at 2012 CDE Summer Symposia)
- Colorado READ Act pamphlet (PDF)
- READ Act Timeline of Implementation (PDF)
- READ Act Fact Sheet (PDF)
READ Act Rulemaking
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.
Spring 2013 Outreach Meetings
March through May, 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 meeting.
Parent Communication (PDF)
READ Plan Draft Template (Word)
Fall 2012 Outreach Meetings
READ Act Updated Presentation (PDF)
During the months of August through October 2012, the Department provided information related to implementation of the Colorado READ Act during regional outreach meetings. A link to a copy of the PowerPoint presentation is provided below.
The Colorado Department of Education hosted a webinar on Monday, October 29, 2012 to provide information from the regional meetings.