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Colorado READ Act

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

Colorado READ Act Changes: SB19-199

READ Collection and Fund Distribution

The legislature made several important changes to the READ Act this year because Colorado schools and districts overall were not seeing dramatic increases in students reading at grade level by third grade – the goal policymakers and educators set when the law was created in 2012.

CDE anticipates distributing this school year’s funds the week of Monday, Aug. 12. Please note that the READ Act per-pupil fund distribution will be less for the 2019-20 school year compared to previous years because Senate Bill 19-199 creates new provisions in the law. CDE anticipates per-pupil funds will be reduced by approximately 20 percent. READ more about SB19 199.


News and Events

Monthly READ Act Informational Webinars

In order to keep educators and other stakeholders informed of the changes in the READ Act brought about by SB19-199, CDE will host monthly informational webinars.

View prior and upcoming SB19 199 webinars.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

*Register for August 28 webinar

*Unlike previous webinars, prior registration is required.

5th Annual READing Conference

Join CDE in Grand Junction, Colorado on October 10 and 11, 2019 for two days of exceptional learning with leading reading researchers and experts. Registration is free and will be available early fall.

Save the date flyer (PDF)

Frequently Accessed Resources

Early Literacy Grant: