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K-3 Teacher Evidence-Based Reading Training Requirements
Evidence-Based Training in Teaching Reading Requirements
All teachers who provide literacy instruction to students in grades K-3 must complete evidenced-based training. Teachers hired after June 1, 2022, 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.
Licensed Teachers: Upload Certificate of Completion to the COOL System
The Colorado Online Licensing System (COOL) is now able to accept documentation of meeting the READ Act evidence-based training in teaching reading requirement.
Non-Licensed Teachers: Teacher Training Evidence Submission Process
A non-licensed teacher is a teacher who is responsible for classroom instruction, but does not hold a Colorado Teaching License. A non-licensed educator might be a teacher, administrator or support staff in a K-12 school system. The non-licensed teachers evidence submission process through the secure file transfer (SFT) server closed on August 15, 2022, at 3:30 p.m. Non-licensed teachers will now need to submit their evidence of completion through their district. Please reach out to your district leadership to learn how to submit your evidence of meeting the READ Act teacher training requirements.
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Colorado school districts are required to ensure all K - 3 teachers complete evidence-based training in teaching reading as a result of changes to the Colorado READ Act in SB 19-199 (PDF). HB21-1129 extends the previously approved deadline of January 31, 2022, to the beginning of the 2022-23 school year. Districts, BOCES, and charters that do not meet the requirements will be ineligible for READ Act funds for the 2022-23 school year. In subsequent years, districts will need to ensure that teachers new to teaching K – 3rd grade also meet this requirement.
To meet this training requirement, State Board of Education rules require that the evidence-based training in teaching reading must:
- Consist of a minimum of 45 hours;
- Address the content of the educator preparation literacy standards referenced in the state board's Rules for the Administration of Educator License Endorsements, 1 CCR 301-101, section 4.02(5) through 4.02(12) (effective May 30, 2019); and
- Include an end of course assessment that teachers can provide evidence of passing.
State law and State Board of Education rules allow the following options for teachers to meet the training requirement. CDE will provide information for teachers to submit documentation that one of these training options met the hour, content and assessment requirements. At this time, CDE anticipates that the documentation will be a part of a teachers' license.
Teachers need to only complete one of these options to meet the READ Act teacher training requirements.
Teachers need to meet this training requirement only once. The rules for the Colorado READ Act define a kindergarten through 3rd grade teacher as a "professional responsible for the literacy instruction of the student(s) and may include the main instructor for a class, an instructional coach, reading interventionist, special education teacher, Title I teacher or other personnel who are identified as effective in the teaching of reading."
- Teachers who have a Colorado Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist endorsement meet the training requirement.
- Teachers who have completed one of the approved evidence-based training options but lack proof of an end of course assessment may take and pass an alternative assessment authorized by the State Board.
- The Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 exam with the passing score of 159 was approved by the state board in April 2020.
- Teachers may submit evidence of successfully completing an undergraduate or graduate course in teaching reading for the CDE to review to determine whether it meets the statutory requirements. This application closed on June 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.
- Educator Preparation Program staff may submit a course in teaching reading for the CDE to review to determine whether it meets the statutory requirements.
- Teachers can successfully complete a training program included on the CDE Advisory List of Professional Development that has been designed to meet this requirement.