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READ Act - SB 19-199 Amendment Updates
The following resources and information are focused on updates to support implementation of changes to the READ Act due to the passage of SB 19-199.
After six years of implementation of the READ Act, schools and districts were not seeing the dramatic improvements in reading levels envisioned by state leaders.
- Colorado has seen only a 2 percent increase in third graders meeting or exceeding expectations on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests in English language arts.
- Statewide data shows only a 1 percent reduction in the number of students identified with a significant reading deficiency (SRD).
Reviewing the implementation of the READ Act, policy makers identified challenges that contributed to its lower-than-desired impact:
- The statute defined clear allowable uses of READ Act per-pupil intervention funds, but it did not provide clarity regarding accountability for the use of funds.
- Reporting requirements for the READ Act make it challenging to identify instructional programming and interventions effective in reducing the number of students identified with SRDs.
- The need for increasing teacher knowledge on evidence-based practices for teaching reading.
SB 19-199 Implementation Support
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) addressing SB 19-199 amendments to the READ Act
- Colorado READ Act (PDF) - revised legislation to include all changes from SB 19-199 amendments
- READ Act Updates SB 19-199
- Recorded SB 19-199 Monthly Webinars
- READ Act/UIP Reporting Requirements
- K-3 Teacher Training Requirement Information and Options