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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.


December 15, 2016

CDE Seeking Additional Instructional Programs for READ Advisory List:
The Office of Literacy will conduct a Request for Information (RFI) process for the Advisory List of Instructional Programs for the READ Act.  The RFI process opens Thursday, December 15 and will end on Thursday, January 26, 2017.  School districts are encouraged to have publishers submit their core, supplemental and intervention reading programs for review and alignment to the Colorado READ Act and the Colorado Academic Standards.   Per statute, districts are encouraged to use scientifically-based or evidence-based instructional programs from the Advisory Lists.  Programs on the Advisory Lists will meet the requirements for the new budget planning and reporting submission to be implemented in the 2017 READ Collection. 

Learn about Changes to the READ Act Collection: 
In the spring of 2017, CDE will be implementing a budget planning and reporting requirement from the READ Act as part of the annual READ data collection.  The READ Act requires districts to provide the department with a plan for how they intend to use READ funds prior to receiving funds (section 22-7-1210(5)(c) C.R.S.).  For districts intending to use READ funds for summer school or intervention services, information related to how the programs are based on scientific or evidenced-based research is necessary.  To listen to the recorded webinar click here.
September 25, 2016
Questions and Networking Opportunities:
  1. Please submit any questions that you would like answered after attending the presentation. We will respond and also capture information here to create a new FAQ document for READ in the 2016/2017 school year.
  2. Regional networking groups forming now! Please submit information if you would like to be contacted about regional professional development and networking groups that will be on-going in the 2016-2017 school year.


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