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Colorado Dyslexia Pilot Program

Overview

During the 2019 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly created a dyslexia pilot program through House Bill 19-1134. The purpose of the program is to pilot the use READ Act assessment results and a research-based protocol to identify markers of dyslexia in K – 3 students. Further, pilot sites will receive training and coaching to provide support to young students who may demonstrate the early markers for dyslexia and up to $10,000 in funding for substitute teacher or teacher training stipend costs.

The pilot program will include up to five schools who will participate in the year long program from June 2021 through June 2022. Through the pilot program schools will receive no-cost training and support for kindergarten, first-, second-, and third-grade teachers in utilizing the pilot identification process for markers of dyslexia. All pilot program activities will be communicated and delivered by the University of Oregon pilot program team, which has been selected to lead the project.

CDE will select schools for participation in the pilot program in the spring of 2021 with training in the summer of 2021 and full implementation of the pilot program will occur in the 2021-22 school year.

Schools that are chosen to participate in the dyslexia pilot program will receive a $10,000 award in the 2020-21 school year to offset costs for substitute teachers or pay teacher stipends.

Informational Webinar

CDE and the University of Oregon conducted an informational webinar about the dyslexia pilot program on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.  

To view the recording: Dyslexia Pilot Informational Webinar 

Selection Criteria for Pilot Sites

The Department is seeking five schools representing different geographic regions and sizes of districts to participate in the grant program. Among the criteria for selection into the program are:

  • Strong support from building and district leadership
  • Commitment to participation in the full length of the pilot program
  • Staff and school leadership participation in training for in the pilot screening and identification processes and intervention strategies
  • Strong staff knowledge of evidence-based reading instruction
  • School usage of an evidence-based reading instructional program and Acadience Reading as its interim reading assessment

The full list of criteria can be found in the pilot program application.

*The application was revised on Feb. 19, 2021 as it contained an error.  Participating schools must use Acadience Reading only.  DIBELS 8th Edition is not an approved READ Act assessment.  We apologize for any confusion.

Pilot Program Application

*Please submit the completed Dyslexia Pilot Program application and letter of support to Rachael Lovendahl .

Timeline

  • Application Window Opens:  February 17, 2021
  • Applications Due: March 12, 2021
  • Pilot Site Finalist Interviews:  To be scheduled between April 5-14, 2021
  • Announcement of Pilot Sites:  April 26, 2021

Facilitation of the Pilot Program

Through a competitive process, the University of Oregon has been selected to lead the Dyslexia Pilot Program for the Department.  All pilot program activities will be communicated and delivered by the University of Oregon program team (pilot program team).

Participant Training Commitments

Applicants for the pilot program must commit to program training in dyslexia and the use of the University of Oregon’s dyslexia screening protocol. 

The training hours will be able to be used to meet up to 9 hours the new special education training requirements under House Bill 20-1128.  The dyslexia pilot training requirements will not meet the teacher training requirements for the READ Act due to the specificity of those training requirements.

More Information about the Pilot Program

Following the implementation of the Dyslexia Pilot Program at the end of the 2021-22 school year, the Department will evaluate the effectiveness of the program and will disseminate the resources developed through the program to all local education providers in the state.