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READ Act Approved Assessments

Background

The READ Act requires the department to create an advisory list of assessments for local education agencies to choose from to administer to students in grades K-3 to meet the requirements of the READ Act. This page includes interim, diagnostic and summative assessments that have been identified and approved by the State Board of Education through the READ Act Assessment Review Process. 

Assessment reviews were conducted in 2022. Assessments are reviewed every four years as required by statute and rule. The next READ Act Assessment Review will be conducted in 2026. 

 

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Download Approved READ Act Assessments Spreadsheet (XLXS)

 

Interim Assessments

The READ Act requires the use of an interim assessment to determine whether a student has a significant reading deficiency in grades K through 3. Interim assessment is defined by READ Act Rule as a universal screening assessment administered to all students to identify those who may experience lower thane expected reading outcomes who may be at risk for reading challenges. (1 CCR 301-92, 2.18) Interim assessments are administered to students three times per year.  

In choosing approved interim reading assessments, the following criteria are considered: (1) whether the assessment is rated highly by the Department’s external evaluator; (2) it must meet all statutory criteria; (3) whether indicators that screen for the characteristics of dyslexia are imbedded into the assessment; (4) whether there is a Spanish version of the assessment that is normed for the performance of students who speak Spanish as their native language; and (5) whether there is a paper and pencil version. (1 CCR 301-92, 9.1)

Approved Interim Assessments beginning in the 2023-2024 school year and beyond.

English Spanish

Acadience Learning Inc. and Voyager Sopris Learning -

Acadience Reading K-6 (including RAN, Spelling, and Word Use Fluency-Revised)

 

Amplify, Inc. -  mCLASS with DIBELS 8th Edition, 2018

Includes approved diagnostic assessment.

Amplify, Inc. - mCLASS Lectura, 2022

Includes approved diagnostic assessment.

Curriculum Associates, LLC -  i-Ready Assessment for Reading, 13.0, 2022

Includes approved diagnostic assessment.

 

Imagination Station Inc. dba Istation -  ISIP Reading

Includes approved diagnostic assessment.

Imagination Station Inc. dba Istation - ISIP Lectura

Includes approved diagnostic assessment.

Renaissance Learning, Inc. - Star Early Learning (English)

Renaissance Learning, Inc. - Star Early Learning (Spanish)

Please note: Amplify Inc. was awarded the ELAT Project contract to provide mCLASS DIBELS 8th Edition, 2018 and mCLASS Lectura, 2022 to participating schools and districts. For additional information about the ELAT Project, visit Early Literacy Assessment Tool (ELAT)

Approved Interim Assessments through the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year.

Districts using these assessments must transition to an assessment from the list above beginning in the 2024-2025 school year. 

English Spanish

Curriculum Associates, LLC - i-Ready

 

Illuminate Education, Inc. -

FAST earlyReading English (K-1) and FAST CBMreading English (1 -3)

 

Illuminate Education, Inc. and University of Virginia -

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) ~ PALS-K, PALS Plus 1997

Illuminate Education, Inc.and University of Virginia -

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) ~ PALS espanol, 1997

NCS Pearson - aimswebPlus (English)

NCS Pearson -​ aimswebPlus (Spanish)

 

University of Oregon - Incidaores Dinamicos del Exito en la Lectura (IDEL)

READ Act and Students with Disabilities

All K-3 students in Colorado public schools are to be screened as a part of the READ Act. This includes students with disabilities. For more information about the READ Act and students with disabilities, please see the Differentiated Pathways and Students with Disabilities webpage.

Diagnostic Assessments

The READ Act requires the use of an approved diagnostic assessment if a student scores below the cut-score on the approved interim assessment within 60 calendar days of the initial administration of the interim reading assessment. Diagnostic assessments are are administered for the purpose of identifying a student's specific reading deficit(s). Diagnostic assessment as defined by READ Act Rule a state board approved assessment which schools are required to use for students identified through screening as possibly having a significant reading deficiency so as to pinpoint a student’s specific area(s) of weakness and provide in-depth information about students’ skills and instructional needs.(1 CCR 302-92, 2.7)

  • Acadience Learning Inc. and Voyager Sopris Learning - Acadience Reading Diagnostic PA & WRD, and Acadience Reading Diagnostic CFOL, 2021 
  • Amplify, Inc. - mCLASS Lectura, 2022*
  • Amplify, Inc. - mCLASS with DIBELS 8th Edition, 2018*
  • Curriculum Associates, LLC - i-Ready Assessment for Reading, 13.0, 2022*
  • Edmentum, Inc. - Exact Path, 2022
  • Illuminate Education, Inc.- FastBridge earlyReading and CBMreading, 2015
  • Illuminate Education, Inc. and University of Virginia -Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) ~ PALS-K, PALS Plus, PALS espanol 1997
  • Imagination Station Inc. dba Istation - ISIP Reading*
  • Imagination Station Inc. dba Istation - ISIP Lectura*
  • NWEA - MAP Reading Fluency, 2018
  • Renaissance Learning, Inc. - Star CBM Reading, 2020 (English and Spanish)
  • Renaissance Learning, Inc. - Star Early Learning (English and Spanish)
  • Renaissance Learning, Inc. - Star Early Literacy, 2000 (English and Spanish)
  • Renaissance Learning, Inc. - Star Phonics, 2020

* Diagnostic assessment included in the approved interim assessment. 

Summative Assessments

Summative assessment as defined by READ Act Rule is an end of year comprehensive measurement of student mastery in order to inform taxpayers and state policy makers, support identification of successful programs, and serve a variety of state and federal accountability needs. (1 CCR 301-92, 2.37) Summative assessments are not required. 

  • Curriculum Associates, LLC - i-Ready Assessment for Reading, 13.0, 2022
  • NWEA - MAP Growth, 2020
  • Renaissance Learning, Inc. - Star Reading, 1996
  • Renaissance Learning, Inc. - Star Early Literacy, 2000 (English and Spanish)

For questions, contact ReadAct@cde.state.co.us