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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 first Rules for the Administration of the Colorado READ Act. At the May 13, 2015 meeting, the State Board of Education voted to adopt amendments to the Rules for the Administration of the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act Rules). The amendments were in response to an opinion from the Attorney General with respect to sections that address how an English Learner may be identified as having a significant reading deficiency when their literacy instruction is provided in both English and Spanish.


6/12/15 - Changes to Required K – 3 Reading Assessments in HB 15-1323

During the legislative session, HB 15-1323 passed bill which institutes some minor changes to school readiness and READ Act assessment requirements at the kindergarten level and for students who test at the proficient level in reading. Read more

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