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Colorado READ Act

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.


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.

State Proclamation - Dyslexia Awareness Month image

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.

Visit the 2017 Reading Conference webpage for handouts and more information

Diverse groups of preschool girls sitting around reading books.

The READing Conference is going social! 

In celebration of the third annual READing conference, this year we're using Facebook and Twitter! Follow us to stay updated on conference info and news. 

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:  A public hearing is scheduled at the next State Board of Education meeting on October 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

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