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House Bill 12-1238: The 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 Rules for the Administration of the Colorado READ Act. A copy of the rules and the Cut-off Scores for Identifying a Significant Reading Deficiency document are linked below.


8/26/14 - READ Collection Update

The Colorado READ Act (H.B. 12-1238) provides per-pupil intervention funds for students identified as having a Significant Reading Deficiency.  Last spring, each district / BOCES reported the number of K-3 students identified as having a Significant Reading Deficiency. Please click on the spreadsheet to view those numbers by district / BOCES, these will be the numbers used to calculate the READ per-pupil funding amount for the 2014/2015 school year. Reporting distrcits and BOCES should contact Dian Prestwich - or Donna Bright - by September 4, 2014 if there are concerns with the numbers posted in the spreadsheet. An updated spreadsheet with funding amounts will be posted by September 10, 2014.

5/30/14 - READ Act Annual Legislative Brief

The Office of Literacy is pleased to announce the release of the first annual READ Act Legislative Brief. The report summarizes data collected in the spring of 2013, prior to the first full year of implementing the READ Act. The report also provides an overview of accomplishments since the law was passed in May of 2012.

4/21/14 - Spring Outreach Documents

View the Spring 2014 Outreach documents and presentation

2/12/14 - New Interim Assessments Approved

The State Board of Education approved the new interim assessments for inclusion in the 2013 - 2014 school year. With the adoption of an approved interim assessment list, districts will have until July 1, 2016 (as allowed in statute, C.R.S. 22-7-1209) to transition to the approved interim assessments. Prior to this, the department will conduct an additional interim assessment review.

View the list of newly approved interim assessments and cut scores documents for all interim assessments

9/12/13 - Final Per Pupil Funding Allocation for READ

Districts will receive an electronic funds transfer for the READ Act distribution into the same account in which they receive state share distributions. This transfer occurred on Wednesday, September 18. The district should code the distribution with source code 3000 and grant code 3206.

READ Act Funding 2013-2014

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