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Colorado READ Act
About the Colorado READ Act
The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (Colorado READ Act) was passed by the Colorado legislature in 2012, giving the state the guiding philosophy, structure and resources to get children reading at grade level by the time they enter the fourth grade.
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.
Colorado READ Act Changes: SB19-199
READ Collection and Fund Distribution
The legislature made several important changes to the READ Act this year because Colorado schools and districts overall were not seeing dramatic increases in students reading at grade level by third grade – the goal policymakers and educators set when the law was created in 2012.
CDE anticipates distributing this school year’s funds the week of Monday, Aug. 12. Please note that the READ Act per-pupil fund distribution will be less for the 2019-20 school year compared to previous years because Senate Bill 19-199 creates new provisions in the law. CDE anticipates per-pupil funds will be reduced by approximately 20 percent. READ more about SB19 199.
News and Events
Monthly READ Act Informational Webinars
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
*Unlike previous webinars, prior registration is required.
5th Annual READing Conference
Join CDE in Grand Junction, Colorado on October 10 and 11, 2019 for two days of exceptional learning with leading reading researchers and experts. Registration is free and will be available early fall.
Rulemaking hearing for the Early Literacy Grant
SB 19-199 amended the Colorado READ Act and incorporated changes to the Early Literacy Grant program requiring an update to the rules. The board reviewed anticipated updates to the rules for the Early Literacy Grant (ELG) program resulting from 2019 changes to the Colorado READ Act during their August board meeting. CDE will be accepting public comment on the DRAFT Early Literacy Grant rules. Public comment period is open from August 14, 2019 to September 5, 2010. Please email comments to Marisa Calzadillas.
ELG Rules Timeline:
- July 2019: Notice of rulemaking
- August 2019:Information item regarding rulemaking
- September 2019: Rulemaking hearing
- October 2019: Rulemaking hearing (if needed)
Frequently Accessed Resources
READ Plan Working Group:
Early Literacy Grant:
Early Literacy Grant Website