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READ Act K-3 Teacher Training Requirement: Educator Preparation Program Course Application


The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act), passed by the Colorado legislature in 2012, focuses on early literacy development for all students in kindergarten through third grade and especially for students at risk of not reaching grade-level proficiency in reading by the end of third grade.  Included in the READ Act is  a requirement that, by the beginning of the 2021-22 school year and continuing for each school year thereafter, each Local Education Provider (LEP) that receives per-pupil intervention money or a grant through the early literacy grant program in any budget year starting with the 2019-20 budget year shall ensure that each teacher employed to teach kindergarten or any of grades one through three successfully completes or has successfully completed evidence-based training in teaching reading as described in C.R.S. 22-7-1208(6)(a).

Educator Preparation Program Course Pathway

State law and State Board of Education rules allow multiple pathway options for teachers to meet this training requirement. One option allows for teachers to successfully complete and pass a CDE-approved educator preparation reading course and end of course assessment of learning from an approved Colorado program. The CDE has established this application process for Educator Preparation Program staff to submit courses designed to fulfill this training requirement for review and approval. 

Application Process for Educator Preparation Program Courses

As of January 2021, CDE will accept applications from Colorado Educator Preparation Program staff who have designed a course or courses to meet the requirements of the evidence-based training in teaching reading required by the READ Act (C.R.S.12-7-1208(6)(a)). 

Internal Review

Each Educator Preparation Program that submits a course or courses for review is required to complete an internal review of their course(s) before the application will be considered for review by the CDE. The internal review should be completed by a team comprised of a variety of stakeholders representing various roles within your system. This team will utilize the CDE K-3 evidence-based teacher training rubric (linked below) to score the application and materials being submitted.

This team will be required to complete the rubric and provide notes to the CDE for each rating selected for each criterion throughout the rubric.

This pre-scored rubric will be submitted to the CDE within electronic application.

Application Timeline 

The Educator Preparation Program course application is a “rolling application” and can be submitted at any time.

Applications will be reviewed by a CDE review team in the order they are received. The CDE will make every effort to review two applications a month beginning in February 2021. Please note that the number of applications reviewed in May - July 2021 will be limited.

All application documents are linked below.  

Application Resources

Application Questions

Please email with any questions related to this application process. 

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