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.
READ Act Resources:
Most frequently used resources by topic:
READ Act Statute and State Board Rules:
- House Bill 12-1238: The Colorado READ Act (PDF)
- Rules for the Administration of the Colorado READ Act (PDF)
(Amended by State Board on October 11, 2017)
Legislative Report and Use of READ Act Funds:
Information for Parents
Learn more about the Colorado READ Act including how to support reading at home and how to talk to your child's teacher about their reading progress. Discover resources to support early literacy and help your child read at grade level by the end of third grade.
August 15, 2018
READ Plan Working Group
CDE has opened an application process to participate in a READ Plan working group. Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 24. Click here to apply. Applicants will be asked to provide a current resume.
This spring, a bill was passed making changes to the READ Act including the creation a working group to study the creation and use of READ plans. The working group will be formed under the direction of the Commissioner and will work through early 2019 to study and recommend changes to improve the use and effectiveness of individual READ plans. Once the working group completes its work, the Commissioner will submit a report of the recommendations to the State Board and the education committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The working group will be comprised of educators, parents, principals, district leaders, and literacy experts and will be selected to represent districts from across the state. The group will also include educators with expertise in special populations.
The working group will be convened virtually in September and will continue to meet regularly (bi-monthly or quarterly) through December 2019 to complete its work, and members will be provided travel reimbursement and, if applicable, substitute cost reimbursement.
For more information, contact Melissa Colsman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-866-6737.
May 22, 2018
2018 READ Conference
The Office of Literacy along with the Exceptional Student Services Unit at CDE will be hosting our fourth annual READing Conference on Thursday and Friday, September 27th and 28th, 2018.
- This conference is designed to support the implementation of evidence based reading instruction.
- The target audience is K-3 educators including general education teachers, special education specialists, reading coaches, reading interventionists, English Language Development specialists, principals and school leadership teams.
- The focus of the conference will be on direct and explicit instruction for all students including: English Learners, emerging readers and struggling readers.
Note: Educators have first priority
The priority for this conference will be K-3 educators and leaders from schools and districts. If you are not school based (e.g. you are a vendor, private practitioner, etc.), your registration is not guaranteed until September 17, 2018 when we have been able to accommodate any teachers that end up on a waiting list.
If you do not receive an email cancelling your ticket by September 18, 2018 then your seat is guaranteed and we will see you at the conference. For further details please click here.