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Colorado READ Act

Teacher Reading to Students

About the Colorado READ Act

The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (Colorado READ Act) was passed by the Colorado legislature in 2012, giving the state the guiding philosophy, structure and resources to get children reading at grade level by the time they enter the fourth grade.

Stay Informed

Please sign up for the READ Act communication list in order to stay informed of changes and updates related to SB19-199, READ Act Implementation Measures. CDE will announce ways to participate and provide your feedback throughout the implementation process.

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Colorado READ Act Changes: SB19-199

The legislature made several important changes to the READ Act this year because Colorado schools and districts overall were not seeing dramatic increases in students reading at grade level by third grade – the goal policymakers and educators set when the law was created in 2012.READ more about SB19 199.

 

News and Events

CDE Seeking Feedback on Draft READ Act Rules

The department is initiating a rulemaking process for Rules for the Administration of the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act), 1 CCR 301-92, due to substantial changes in the READ Act that occurred in the 2018 and 2019 legislative sessions.  The notice of rulemaking will occur at the November State Board of Education meeting. Prior to officially noticing rulemaking, the department is seeking informal stakeholder feedback through a survey on draft rule changes. Read more.

READ Act: Request for Advisory List Submission: Instructional Programming

The Request for Advisory List Submission: Instructional Programming is open. The review is a two part process for vendors to submit instructional programs: core, supplemental and intervention to be reviewed for inclusion on the Colorado Department of Education READ Act Advisory List.  Part 1 - Eligibility opens September 30, 2019 and will close October 30, 2019. Read more.

CDE Seeks Independent Evaluator for the READ Act

The Colorado Department of Education is soliciting competitive, responsive proposals from experienced organizations to perform as an independent evaluator of the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (the Colorado READ Act). Read more

Monthly READ Act Informational Webinars

In order to keep educators and other stakeholders informed of the changes in the READ Act brought about by SB19-199, CDE will host monthly informational webinars.

View prior and upcoming SB19 199 webinars.

Early Literacy Grant Rules Approved

SB 19-199 amended the Colorado READ Act and incorporated changes to the Early Literacy Grant program requiring an update to the rules. The state board approved the amended rules for the administration of the Early Literacy Grant program during the September board meeting. Updates include increased funding, additional reporting requirements and training for K-3 teachers.

 


Frequently Accessed Resources

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