The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is committed to building upon the current framework of early literacy policy in Colorado, the Reading To Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act), to support students in both general and special education to meet important reading outcomes.
CDE is committed to:
- Bringing together stakeholders interested in supporting students who struggle with reading including those with dyslexia.
- Educating stakeholders on reading difficulties including dyslexia.
- Strengthening relationships with and among stakeholders interested in early literacy.
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What is dyslexia?
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) along with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) adopted the following definition of dyslexia.
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
November is Family Literacy Month! Check out the following highlighted resources to help support building family literacy:
- National Family Literacy Month | Resources
To help you celebrate National Family Literacy Month, review this collection popular educational tools and resources designed to help families, educators, community leaders and librarians facilitate two-generation learning.
- A Child Becomes a Reader: Proven Ideas from Research for Parents (Kindergarten through third-grade)
Partnership for Reading: This booklet describes activities that parents can do with their children to improve reading skills at specific ages from kindergarten through third grade.
October 2017 is Dyslexia Awareness Month
Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed October to be Dyslexia Awareness Month in the State of Colorado.
A Scientific Approach to Reading and Reading Disabilities
In March of 2017, the department hosted a forum with Jack M. Fletcher, Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology University of Houston. His presentation is the foundation of messaging and work in educating stakeholders on reading difficulties including dyslexia.
The following are resources sorted by topic to assist educators and families in support of students with reading difficulties including dyslexia.
- International Dyslexia Association
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- National Center for Improving Literacy
Colorado Department of Education - Exceptional Student Service Unit (ESSU)
- A Child Becomes a Reader: Proven Ideas from Research for Parents (Kindergarten through Third Grade)Partnership for Reading
- Why some kids struggle with reading?
Screening for Risk:
- READ Act – Through HB 08 1238 all students in grades K-3 are screened annually for reading risk. Learn more about the seven approved screeners.
Legislation for at-risk readers, including those with dyslexia
Colorado passed House Bill 08-1223 (C.R.S.22-2-133) addressing the technical assistance and training made available to students with literacy challenges, including dyslexia. This bill expands the authority of the Colorado Department of Education such that it is authorized to provide technical assistance related to the screening and education of students with dyslexia. The Department of Education provides an annual report to the education committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
- 2016 Annual report summarizing the training and technical assistance provided by CDE through the Office of Literacy and the Exceptional Student Services Unit.
Colorado passed House Bill 12-1238, 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.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees all children with identified educational disabilities access to a free and appropriate public education.
- IDEA Part B Regulations: Issued Aug. 14, 2006 - Effective Oct. 13, 2006
- IDEA Part B Regulations: Issued April 9, 2007 - Effective May 9, 2007
- IDEA Part B Regulations: Issued Dec. 1, 2008 - Effective Dec. 31, 2008
The Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) provides Colorado more detail and added rights and protections to IDEA.