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READ Interim Assessments

READ Approved Interim Assessments

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 were recommended and approved. The final approved list as voted on by the State Board of Education on December 11, 2013 can be found in the table below. Cut scores for determining a significant reading deficiency were arrived at through work with each test publisher. Those cut scores as well as other resources can be found in the table below:

2018/2019 READ Act cut scores and resources

English Interim Assessments

Spanish Interim Assessments



Acadience Reading

Previously published under the name DIBELS Next®

Quick video explaining new name Acadience Reading

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


Districts had until July 1, 2016 (as allowed in statute, C.R.S. 22-7-1209) to transition to the approved interim assessments. Both DIBELS 6th edition and DRA2 were only able to be used through July 1, 2016.


READ Act and Students with Disabilities

All K-3 students in Colorado public schools are to be screened as a part of the READ Act.  This includes students with disabilities. For more information about the READ Act and students with disabilities, please see the Differentiated Pathways and Students with Disabilities webpage. 


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