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Colorado READ Act

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.

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2018 READ Conference

The Office of Literacy along with the Exceptional Student Services Unit at CDE will be hosting the fourth annual READing Conference on Thursday and Friday, September 27 and 28, 2018.

  • This conference is designed to support the implementation of evidence based reading instruction. 
  • The target audience is K-3 educators including general education teachers, special education specialists, reading coaches, reading interventionists, English Language Development specialists, principals and school leadership teams.
  • The focus of the conference will be on direct and explicit instruction for all students including:  English Learners, emerging readers and struggling readers.
  • Our speakers this year include:
    • Anita Archer - focusing on the magic of instruction delivery and design, vocabulary development and reading fluency
    • Elsa Cardenas Hagen - focusing on English Learners and literacy development, vocabulary development as well as spelling and writing development. 
    • Lucy Hart Paulson  - focusing on our early learners with alphabet learning and evidence based approaches as well as direct and explicit instruction that is developmentally appropriate
    • William Van Cleave - focusing on vocabulary development for all learners as well as sentence to paragraph writing and the motor component of handwriting and keyboarding
    • Linda Farrell - focusing on leveled and decodable readers and other strategies to support reading in the K-3 grade range

Information for Parents

Learn more about the Colorado READ Act including how to support reading at home and how to talk to your child's teacher about their reading progress. Discover resources to support early literacy and help your child read at grade level by the end of third grade.


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READ Plan Working Group 
(updated September 21, 2018)

This spring, a bill was passed to convene a working group to study the creation and use of READ plans.  The working group was formed under the direction of the Commissioner and will work through early 2019. The working group is comprised of educators, parents, principals, district leaders, and literacy experts and will be selected to represent districts from across the state.  Learn more about this group here..


Notice of Rulemaking: Rules for Administration of the Early Literacy Grant Program
(posted August 24, 2018)

At the August 15, 2018 meeting, the State Board of Education approved notices of rulemaking for the administration of the Early Literacy Grant Program. The purpose of the rulemaking hearing is in response to changes made to the READ Act during the 2018 Colorado legislative session. Amendments to the Administration of the Early Literacy Grant Program rules include modifications to the grant fund distribution as well as creating a simplified grant application process for a rural school district or a small rural school district, or a district charter school or an institute charter school that is located with the boundaries of a rural or small rural district. The proposed rule change is technical in nature. These types of changes are typically initiated by the Office of Legislative Legal Services and are usually minor corrections to align with state statute or current practice and do not result in substantive changes.

You may also provide written comment to the rules via reply to this email or to  The recommended deadline for written comments is Wednesday, October 3 to allow adequate time for staff to review and incorporate comments into the rules.  However, we will accept written comments at any time up to and including the day of the hearing.  


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