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READ Act Resource Bank of Approved Assessments

Interim Assessments

The READ Act requires use of an interim assessment to determine whether a student has a significant reading deficiency in grades K through 3. For the 2013-14 school year, districts have been able to use the interim assessments allowed under CBLA (DIBELS, DRA2, and PALS).  This fall, the department conducted a review process to determine which interim reading assessments to submit for State Board approval for use with the READ Act.  A request for Information (RFI) was initiated by the department to solicit reading interim assessment tools for inclusion on the Colorado State Board of Education Approved List of Interim Assessments, pursuant to C.R.S. 22-7-1209.

The department engaged practitioners from the field with literacy expertise to assist with the review through an open application process conducted in September 2013.  Fourteen English and 8 Spanish reading assessments were reviewed; 7 English and 3 Spanish reading assessments have been recommended. The final approved list as voted on by the State Board of Education is below:

Review Committee Recommendations


English Interim AssessmentsSpanish Interim Assessments



Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills Next (DIBELS Next)

Indicadores Dinámicos del Éxito en la Lectura (IDEL)

Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST)


i Ready


ISIP ER, Istation

ISIP ER Spanish, Istation

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening Español

STAR Early Learning


The department shared these recommendations with the State Board of Education at the December 11, 2013 board meeting as an information item.  Publishers of assessments that were not recommended by the review committee were able to submit an appeal to the department.  The department reviewed all appeals prior to bringing its recommendations for board action on the February 12, 2014 meeting. 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.

Summaries of the review committee rubric ratings.

For a full description of the review process, please visit the READ Review Process webpage.

Diagnostic and Summative Assessments

On March 12, 2013, the State Board voted to approve lists of approved diagnostic and summative assessments per requirements of the Colorado READ Act. Diagnostic assessments are required only for students identified with a significant reading deficiency for the purpose of identifying the child's specific reading deficits(s). Summative assessments are not required. The charts below include a list of approved diagnostic and summative assessments and information related to the components of reading that each diagnostic assessment tests.

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Approved K-3 Diagnostic and K-2 Summative Assessments (PDF)

Approved K-3 Diagnostic Assessments

 Oral LanguagePhonemic AwarenessPhonicsFluencyVocabularyComprehension
Curriculum Associates 
 xx xx
Pearson Aimsweb xxx x
Pearson Aimsweb
Spanish Reading
CBM (Spanish R-CBM)
 xxx x
PALS Marketplace
Phonological Awareness
Literacy Screening (PALS)
 xxx x
Phonological Awareness
Literacy Screening
Español (PALS Español)
 xxx x
Renaissance STAR
Early Literacy
Northwest Evaluation
Association (NWEA)
Children's Progress
Academic Assessment (CPAA)
 xx  x
Pearson Peabody
Picture Vocabulary Test
x   x 
Test de Covabulario
en Imagenes Peabody
x   x 
Pearson Woodcock
Reading Mastery Test,
3rd edition (VRMT-III)
  x  x
Cambium Education, Inc.
d/b/a Sopris Learning
(Phonemic Awareness)
WRD (Word Reading Decoding)
Burst Reading
Assessments: Vocabulary,
Advanced Phonics/Decoding,
and Comprehension
Woodcock-Munoz LS (English and Spanish)xxx xx


Approved K-2 Summative Assessments

  • Curriculum Associates i-Ready
  • Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) MAP for Primary Grades (MPG)
  • Terra Nova

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