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.
Frequently Accessed Resources
READ Act Statute and State Board Rules:
House Bill 12-1238: The Colorado READ Act (PDF) (updated September 2018)
Information for Parents:
Legislative Report and Use of READ Act Funds:
Some Elements of the Colorado Literacy Framework:
- The integration of the Five Components of Reading must inform CDE’s literacy initiatives.
- Research-based instructional approaches fostering communication skills, including oral and written language, promote access, opportunity and academic achievement.
- Purposeful, direct, explicit, and systematic instruction is valuable for continuous literacy achievement.
- Elementary Teacher Literacy Standards (revised 2016)
- CAS Reading, Writing, and Communicating
- Minimum K-3 Literacy Skills Matrix
Early Literacy Grant:
Early Literacy Grant Website
DIBELS Name Change
The Dynamic Measurement Group (authors of DIBELS Next) have announced that the name of DIBELS Next will change to AcadienceTM Reading. It’s important to note that the content of the assessment will remain the same. Additionally, the current materials, training, and software provided by Amplify through the Early Literacy Assessment Tool (ELAT) Project will all remain current and usable; this is simply a change in the assessment name. Amplify will continue to provide the software under the DIBELS Next name for a transitional period and will provide another update when the name will change on Amplify’s mCLASS platform.
The draft document of the proposed READ Act Rule Changes will reflect the name change in Section 9.00--9.01(A)(ii) Acadience Reading (Previously published under DIBELS Next).
READ Act Rule Changes
CDE is in the process of finalizing draft rule changes made to the READ Act in HB18-1393 during the 2018 legislative session. A markup copy of the program rules can be found here and can be used for reference.
READ Plan Working Group
(updated February 26, 2019)
HB 18-1393 created a READ Plan Working Group to review the creation and use of READ plans under the READ Act. The Working Group is comprised of educators in grades K – 3, upper grade teachers, parents, principals, district leaders, and literacy experts representing districts from across the state, including small rural/rural, urban and suburban districts. The Working Group will develop recommendations regarding changes to regulations and the department's level of technical assistance and communication to local education providers. Once complete, these recommendations will be submitted by the Commissioner of Education to the State Board of Education and the education committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate. These recommendations must be completed on or before February 1, 2020.