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 March 9,2016 meeting, the State Board of Education adopted new READ Act rules for implementation of the Colorado READ Act. The current board rules reflect changes prompted by the passage of House Bill 15-1323 in terms of READ testing timelines, assessment of kindergarten students and determination of grade level proficiency. Additionally, the State Board of Education initiated changes to assessment practices for students in bi-lingual or dual language programming. If you have questions please contact Alisa Dorman, 303.866.6016, Executive Director of the Office of Literacy.