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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

At its December 9, 2015 meeting, the State Board of Education held a Rulemaking Hearing for the READ Act Rules.  At that time the State Board voted to table the existing READ Act rules and re-notice the rules to allow for further discussion on items within the rules that were not originally noticed. 

The rulemaking hearing for the READ Act rules is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in the State Board room, 101. 

We encourage you or members of your staff to attend the rulemaking hearing for these rules on February 10 to provide oral testimony.  You may also provide written comment to these rules via reply to this email or to




The Early Literacy Grant Program for 2016-17 is open and an application training webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2016. Read more


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