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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.

Teacher and kids reading


Additional SB19-199 READ Act Informational Webinar

Due to high volume of participation on the June 11 webinar, we exceeded our allowable user limit. To accommodate those who are interested in participating live, we are scheduling a second webinar with increased capacity to present the same content regarding changes to the READ Act brought forth in the 2019 legislative session. The webinar will also cover an overview of the new implementation measures.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

*Participate in June 27 webinar

*Prior registration is not required.

READ Collection Deadline

The deadline for Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) file re-submissions due to the cross LEA validation process is Monday, July 1, 2019.


Stay Informed

Please sign up for the READ Act communication list in order to stay informed of changes and updates related to SB19-199, READ Act Implementation Measures. CDE will announce ways to participate and provide your feedback throughout the implementation process.

Sign up for the READ Act communication list

CDE will also host monthly webinars to keep interested parties informed of the SB19-199 implementation process.

READ Act Statute and State Board Rules


House Bill 12-1238: The Colorado READ Act (PDF) - updated September 2018

The Colorado READ Act with the inclusion of SB 19-199 amendments - PENDING

House Bill 12-1238 (PDF): The Colorado READ Act (original statute)


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