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Colorado READ Act

K – 3 Teacher Evidence-Based Reading Training Requirements

Colorado school districts are required to ensure all K - 3 teachers complete evidence-based training in teaching reading as a result of changes to the Colorado READ Act in SB 19-199 (PDF)


Important Dates for Teachers

August 1, 2022: evidence-based training in teaching reading must be completed

August 15, 2022: documentation should be submitted to the Colorado Online Licensing (COOL) system

All teachers who provide literacy instruction to students in grades K-3 must complete the training by August 1, 2022 to meet the deadline. In subsequent years, teachers hired after June 1, 2022 must enroll in the READ Act teacher training as soon as they receive their district email address. Teachers are expected to complete the training without delays so as to not impact the distribution of READ Act per-pupil dollars to the local education agency.

Aug. 31, 2022: Districts must ensure and report that all K-3 teachers who provide literacy instruction have completed evidence-based training in teaching reading by reporting the documentation that each individual teacher has completed by Aug. 31, 2022. The information provided in this report will be used to calculate district compliance percentages to release READ funding.


Learn about the hour, content and assessment requirements to complete this training and the various training options that are available for K-3 teachers

Preschool through 3rd grade literacy team office hours

Teacher Reading to Students

About the Colorado READ Act

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.

Stay Informed

Please sign up for the READ Act communication list in order to stay informed of changes and updates related to SB19-199, READ Act Implementation Measures. CDE will announce ways to participate and provide your feedback throughout the implementation process.

Sign up for the READ Act communication list

News and Events

2022 READing Conference 

The 8th Annual Colorado Department of Education virtual READing Conference is brought to you by the Preschool through 3rd Grade Office and the Exceptional Student Services Unit. For more information, please visit READing Conference 2022.

2022 READ Act Assessment Review

The READ Act requires the department to create an advisory list of assessments for local education agencies to choose from to administer to students in grades K-3 to meet the requirements of the READ Act. The review is a two part process for vendors to submit interim, diagnostic and summative assessments to be reviewed for inclusion on the READ Act Advisory List of Assessments. For more information please visit 2022 READ Act Advisory List of Assessments Review Process.

2021-2022 READ Act Instructional Program Review

The READ Act requires the department to create an advisory list of evidence-based or scientifically-based instructional programming in reading for use by local education agencies. During each review cycle, new providers have the opportunity to be added to the advisory list. The review is a two part process for vendors to submit instructional programs, core, supplemental and intervention, to be reviewed for inclusion on the Colorado Department of Education READ Act Advisory List. For more information please visit 2021-2022 READ Act Instructional Programming Review Process.

Advisory List of Instructional Programming

READ Act Evaluation Year One Report

During the 2019 legislative session the Colorado READ Act was amended to require the Department to contract with an independent evaluator to provide independent evaluations of the use of per-pupil intervention money and money received through the Early Literacy Grant program by local education providers and to determine whether the student outcomes achieved are meeting the intent of the law. 
West Ed, as the independent evaluator will present summary results to the field on the independent evaluation. CDE Staff will also provide a brief update on state and district implementation of provisions of Senate Bill 19-199. Information and links to the reports will be made available after this meeting.

For more information please visit READ Act Implementation Evaluation.

Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant (CLSD)

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Colorado a $16 million grant to implement the Colorado Comprehensive Literacy Project, which aims to advance literacy skills for children from birth to grade 12 with special emphasis on children living in poverty, English learners and children with disabilities.

CLSD Information Page

2021 Review of READ Act-Aligned Professional Development 

The READ Act Advisory List of Professional Development Programs provides districts and schools with a choice of professional development to enhance teacher quality and implementation of scientifically based or evidence-based literacy practices. For information about the 2021 Review of Professional Development (including Topic-Specific PD Courses and Early Literacy Grant Implementation Consultants) please visit 2021 READ Act Review of Professional Development.

Colorado READ Act Changes: SB19-199 

To keep educators and other stakeholders informed of the changes in the READ Act brought about by SB 19-199, CDE maintains a webpage with background information and links to related resources.

Visit the SB19-199 Information Page

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