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 Resources:
Most frequently used resources by topic:
READ Act Statute and State Board Rules:
- House Bill 12-1238: The Colorado READ Act (PDF)
- Rules for the Administration of the Colorado READ Act (PDF)
(Amended by State Board on October 11, 2017)
Legislative Report and Use of READ Act Funds:
Information for Parents
Learn more about the Colorado READ Act including how to support reading at home and how to talk to your child's teacher about their reading progress. Discover resources to support early literacy and help your child read at grade level by the end of third grade.
December 4, 2017
READ Act Rules Updated October 2017
The State Board of Education voted in October to revise the Colorado READ Act rules, bringing the rules into alignment with House Bill 17-1160 relating to assessment of English learners. The changes to the rules can be found primarily in section 3.0 (Administration of Interim Reading Assessment and Determination of a Significant Reading Deficiency). The revised rules are posted above in the section titled READ Act resources.