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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.

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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.


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May 22, 2018
2018 READ Conference

The Office of Literacy along with the Exceptional Student Services Unit at CDE will be hosting our fourth annual READing Conference on Thursday and Friday, September 27th and 28th, 2018.

  • This conference is designed to support the implementation of evidence based reading instruction. 
  • The target audience is K-3 educators including general education teachers, special education specialists, reading coaches, reading interventionists, English Language Development specialists, principals and school leadership teams.
  • The focus of the conference will be on direct and explicit instruction for all students including:  English Learners, emerging readers and struggling readers.

For further details please click here.

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.


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