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K-3 Teacher Evidence-Based Reading Training Requirements


About the Training Requirements

Colorado school districts are required to ensure all kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers complete evidence-based training in teaching reading by the 2021-22 school year, as a result of changes to the Colorado READ Act in SB 19-199 (PDF). 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:

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.

Teacher Training Frequently Asked Questions


Training Requirement Options

Teachers need to only complete one of these options to meet the training requirement.

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.

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  • Teachers may take and pass a reading content assessment authorized by the State Board to meet the training requirement.
  • The Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 exam with the passing score of 159 was approved by the state board in April 2020.

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  • 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. 

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  • Teachers may submit evidence of successfully completing a course in teaching reading appropriate for license renewal for the CDE to review to determine whether it meets the statutory requirements.

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Option 5 - CDE-Provided Training

  • Teachers will have the option to successfully complete a CDE-provided training (online course or face-to-face) at no cost to the teacher.  

  • Teachers will have the option to successfully complete a district- or BOCES-provided training approved by the CDE and can check with their district or BOCES whether this option will be available to them.

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  • Teachers can successfully complete a training program included on the CDE Advisory List of Professional Development that has been designed to meet this requirement.

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Training Options for Districts and BOCES to Help Teachers Meet the Requirement

CDE-Provided Training:

District- or BOCES-Provided Training: