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Colorado READ Act

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.



Regional READ Act Meetings

This fall, the Office of Literacy will be hosting a series of regional meetings to support districts and schools with continuous improvement for implementation of the Colorado READ Act. These meetings are intended to provide participants with updates on statewide efforts to reduce reading deficiencies, lessons learned from early implementation efforts and information about statutory reporting requirements. The target audience for these trainings includes individuals responsible for READ Act implementation including curriculum and assessment directors, READ Respondents, elementary principals and superintendents and/or their designee(s). To register for the Regional READ Act Meetings please click here.



2016 READ Act Legislative Report released. Read the entire report on our READ Act Resources Page

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