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 Resources
- Use of Per Pupil Intervention Funds (PDF)
- Rules for the Administration of the Colorado READ Act (PDF) (Amended by State Board on March 9, 2016)
- House Bill 12-1238: The Colorado READ Act (PDF)
- READ Act Assessment Timeline (PDF) (Updated 9/25/2016)
- READ Act Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Parent-Friendly READ Act Fact Sheet (PDF)
October 2017 is Dyslexia Awareness Month
Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed October to be Dyslexia Awareness Month in the State of Colorado.
Visit the CDE Dyslexia webpage for more info and web-based resources to assist educators and families in support of students with reading difficulties including dyslexia.
READing Conference October 10-11, 2017
The Office of Literacy along with the Exceptional Student Services Unit at CDE will be hosting our third annual READing Conference on Tuesday-Wednesday, October 10-11, 2017. This conference is designed to support the implementation of the Colorado READ Act, specifically research-based reading instruction, intervention and assessment. The target audience is K-3 educators including general education teachers, special education specialists, reading coaches, reading interventionists, English Language Development specialists, principals and school leadership teams and this year, representatives from Higher Education.
The focus of the conference will be universal reading instruction for all students with a special emphasis on English Learners, students with disabilities including dyslexia and the foundational reading skills. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided both days.
The READing Conference is going social!
Join us by sharing tools and resources for 'effective K-3 reading instruction for ALL' using the hashtag #READingCO on all your social media posts.
READ Act Rulemaking Process - August 2017
At the August State Board of Education meeting, the board voted to notice the rulemaking process for the Colorado READ Act. This is necessary to bring the READ Act rules into alignment with HB 17-1160 relating to assessment of English Learners. The proposed rule revisions are linked here .
Written comments are currently being accepted through the State Board of Education: email@example.com. A public hearing is scheduled at the next State Board of Education meeting on October 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.