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CDE-approved Alternative Assessment


13.01(C)(3) In the event that a teacher completes one of the evidence-based training options listed in 13.01(C)(2) but lacks proof of passing an end of course assessment, the teacher may take and pass an alternative assessment authorized by the State Board aligned to the expectations of this section.


Educators will submit evidence of meeting the evidence-based training in teaching reading requirement to the CDE through the Colorado Online Licensing (COOL) system.

Important Dates for Teachers

August 1, 2024: evidence-based training in teaching reading must be completed

August 15, 2024: documentation must be submitted to the Colorado Online Licensing (COOL) system 


All teachers who teach in kindergarten through grade three, must complete the training by August 1, 2024 to meet the deadline. In subsequent years, teachers hired after June 1, 2024 must enroll in the READ Act teacher training as soon as they receive their district email address. Teachers are expected to complete the training without delays so as to not impact the distribution of READ Act per-pupil dollars to the local education agency.

District Duties/Tasks

  • District maintains a record of which teachers have met this requirement. 

  • District reports this information to the CDE upon request.

Teacher Duties/Tasks

Please note: teachers must retain all documentation.

  • Teacher registers for the ETS Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 through ETS. To learn more about taking the Praxis online from home click here

    • Praxis Test Pathway Registration Support Guide (PDF)

    • Detailed Steps to Register for the Praxis 5205 Test (PDF)
      • Proceed to the Colorado ETS Requirements webpage.

      • Once on the page, scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the test under the READ Act Testing Option tab. 

      • IMPORTANT NOTE:  In order for candidates to identify themselves as teachers fulfilling the Colorado READ Act requirement, candidates must select the Colorado READ Act: In-Service (code 7041) as their attending institution and as a score recipient when registering for or requesting an additional score report request.

  • Teacher takes the test.

  • Teacher submits documentation of a score on the PRAXIS of 159 or higher to the Colorado Online Licensing (COOL) system and certifies within the COOL application that they have completed evidence-based training in teaching reading that meets the training requirement as described in the READ Act and Rule.

    • For detailed instructions on submitting documentation to COOL, click here.

  • Teacher receives and saves a copy of documentation from the CDE that demonstrates the “READ Act designation” attached to their CDE file. 

  • Teacher notifies the district that he/she has met this requirement and provides the district with documentation.

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