CDE embraces the importance of literacy, a gateway skill that opens the door to accessing information throughout life. Our mission is to support increased student achievement in literacy across Colorado by supporting quality school-wide reform models in light of current and advancing research.
Research in the past decade reflects a consensus around evidence-based practices that have a high likelihood of leading students to success in mastering the reading process. The Office of Literacy is committed to supporting districts, schools, and teachers in teaching the five components of reading, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, as well as oral and written language.
Commissioner's Literacy Work Group
In 2013, Robert Hammond, Commissioner of Education, established the Literacy Work Group in order to create coherence across the efforts of individual organizations, share expertise, establish collaboration, and build strong statewide capacity to address student achievement in literacy. A collective effort was needed to address the urgency of Colorado’s literacy achievement.