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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

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the State Board voted to approve the first Rules for the Administration of the Colorado READ Act. At the May 13, 2015 meeting, the State Board of Education voted to adopt amendments to the Rules for the Administration of the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act Rules). The amendments were in response to an opinion from the Attorney General with respect to sections that address how an English Learner may be identified as having a significant reading deficiency when their literacy instruction is provided in both English and Spanish.


9/28/15 - RFI Process opens for Instructional Programming and Professional Development and Exceptional Student Services Unit and Office of Literacy -SAVE the Date

  • The Request for information is open for Instructional Programming and Professional Development. Pursuant to C.R.S. 22-7-1209, the process will solicit approved programs and PD providers to add to the advisory list. The Office of literacy is also seeking stakeholders across the state to participate as reviewers. READ more...
  • New "Differentiated Pathways" have been developed by the Exceptional Student Services Unit, in collaborating with the Office of Literacy, to include all students in the READ Act. READ more...


9/1/15 - Office of Literacy Webinars

The Office of Literacy hosted two webinars - READ Act and School Readiness and READ Act and HB 1323.  Both are intended to support implementation of the Colorado READ Act for 2015-2016 school year.  View recorded webinars

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