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READ Act Guidance for English Learners (ELs)

Sample READ Plan Sample for English Learners

If an English Learner is determined to have a significant reading deficiency (SRD), a READ plan must be developed. Given the unique opportunities and needs of English Learners, the department has created a sample READ plan specific to English Learners. The sample READ plan for English Learners (coming soon!) contains the required components of a READ plan, including components for an individual student English Language Development (ELD) Plan.

  • The sample READ plan for English Learners is an example, not a required template.
  • Plans must align with READ Act requirements; however, districts can determine the format of the plan.
  • The sample intends to illustrate the areas of English language and literacy development a teacher should consider when planning instruction and/or intervention for English Learners.

Documents and Resources

Recognizing the unique opportunities and needs of English Learners to become proficient readers in English, the Colorado Department of Education has created guidance for implementing the READ Act with English Learners. This guidance is designed to provide parameters for districts to use when developing local policies and practices to support the literacy development of English Learners. This includes READ Act and English Learners guidance for assessing and determining a significant reading deficiency in grades K-3. Find READ Act requirements for assessing English Learners, considerations for selecting the language of assessment, determining a significant reading deficiency, and program considerations.   

  • You may submit your questions about READ Act and English Learners Guidance for Assessment and Determination of a Significant Reading Deficiency in Grades K-3 to

Colorado English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards

English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards are required by Colorado state and federal law.  On December 10, 2009, the Colorado State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the English Language Development (ELD) standards developed by WIDA as the Colorado English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards.

The CELP standards should be used, in conjunction with Colorado’s Academic Standards, to plan instruction that supports Multilingual Learners as they engage in academic content. 

To learn more about language development and the CELP Standards, refer to, the CELP Standards Resource Library.

For Multilingual Learners receiving instruction in Spanish and English, WIDA has created Marco DALE (Marco de los estándares del desarrollo auténtico del lenguaje español de WIDA) to support bilingual instruction and education. 


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