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CDE-approved Alternative Assessment


13.01(C)(3) In the event that a teacher completes one of the evidence-based training options listed in 13.01(C)(2) but lacks proof of passing an end of course assessment, the teacher may take and pass an alternative assessment authorized by the State Board aligned to the expectations of this section.


Educators will submit evidence of meeting the evidence-based training in teaching reading requirement to the CDE through the Colorado Online Licensing System. This system is anticipated to be “live” in late spring 2021.

District Duties/Tasks

  • District maintains a record of which teachers have met this requirement. 

  • District reports this information to the CDE upon request.

Teacher Duties/Tasks

Please note: teachers must retain all documentation.

  • Teacher registers for the ETS Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 through ETS. To learn more about taking the Praxis online from home click here

    • Praxis Test Pathway Registration Support Guide (PDF)

    • Detailed Steps to Register for the Praxis 5205 Test (PDF)
      • Proceed to the Colorado ETS Requirements webpage.

      • Once on the page, scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the test under the READ Act Testing Option tab. 

      • IMPORTANT NOTE:  In order for candidates to identify themselves as teachers fulfilling the Colorado READ Act requirement, candidates must select the Colorado READ Act: In-Service (code 7041) as their attending institution and as a score recipient when registering for or requesting an additional score report request.

  • Teacher takes the test.

  • Teacher submits evidence of meeting the training requirement and a score on the PRAXIS of 159 or higher through the Colorado Online Licensing System.

    • Anticipated date for licensing system to accept Praxis scores: late spring 2021

  • Teacher receives and saves a copy of documentation from the CDE that demonstrates the “READ Act designation” attached to their CDE file. 

  • Teacher notifies the district that he/she has met this requirement and provides the district with documentation.

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