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READ Plan Resources for Educators:

The READ Act states specific processes and elements to be part of READ Plan creation and ongoing student support. These resources provide educators with support for the effective planning and implementation of a READ Plan.


READ Act Assessment Timeline (PDF)
READ Act Assessment timeline covers beginning of the school year, ongoing throughout the school year, and end of school years steps. 

Significant Reading Deficiency: Determination Process & Definitions
Defines what a Significant Reading Deficiency is, covers the determination process, and provides definitions for key terms used in the process.

Body of Evidence
Covers what a body of evidence is, collection of data to build a body of evidence, utilization, and includes a sample template. 

Exiting a Student from a READ Plan
This document provides guidance for determining reading competency and covers the process of exiting a K-12 student from a READ Plan.

READ Plans 101
Once a student has been identified as having a Significant Reading Deficiency, a READ Plan will need to be created. This series of instructional videos walks through the purpose, creation, and implementation of READ Plans. 

READ Plan Checklist (PDF) 
PDF Document designed to support effective READ Plan implementation

READ Plan Sample (DOCX)  (updated July 2021)
Word document to include all components of a READ Plan

Parent Communication (PDF)
Talking points to cover with parents upon implementing a READ Plan

End of Year Parent Meeting
This guidance document covers the collaborative process of the end of the year parent meeting and includes teacher responsibilities, parent responsibilities, required topics to be discussed during the meeting, and on-going communication. 

Archived Office Hours
The Literacy Team in the Office of Elementary Literacy and School Readiness (ELSR) previously hosted office hours to discuss topics related to the READ Act. The linked webpage provides the information discussed and the corresponding guidance document and/or video.

READ Plans in Subsequent Years
This document walks through guidance on planning for the year ahead and includes the development of a READ plan, plan implementation, and revising and preparing services for the next year with guiding questions to help in this process.

READ Plan Guidance for Students in Grades 4-12
In response to the numerous inquiries received from school and district leaders and educators regarding how to support the reading literacy proficiency of students who remain on READ plans beyond the third grade, the Colorado Department of Education formed a cross-departmental working group comprised of literacy experts from the Office of Standards and Instructional Support, the Elementary Literacy and School Readiness Office, the Culturally Linguistic and Diverse Education Office, the Exceptional Student Services Unit, and the Office of Learning Supports to create, compile, and provide detailed guidance and considerations grounded in scientific and research-based practices aligned to READ Act and other federal and state legislation (e.g., IDEA).  

Frequently Asked Questions about READ Plans for Grades 4-12
The frequently asked questions and subsequent responses provide guidance, support, and resources regarding the topic of READ Plans beyond third grade.

IDEA and Colorado's READ Act Guidance (PDF) (updated October 2023)
This document provides information on the implementation of READ plans for students with IEPs.

READ Act Guidance for English Learners (ELs) 
Find a sample READ Plan for English Learners, an updated English Learner Guidance document (2022), and resources regarding the Colorado English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards.

READ Plans and Kindergarten School Readiness 
This webinar includes background information on required Kindergarten assessments in Colorado, how to use the problem-solving process across these assessments, and the requirements and flexibilities in documentation in creating and maintaining individual student plans.



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