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2022 READ Act Advisory List of Assessments Review Process


The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (Colorado READ Act) was passed by the Colorado Legislature during the 2012 legislative session. Interim, diagnostic and summative assessments are a required part of the READ Act and are to be administered to students in grades K-3.  The READ Act requires that at least one interim, diagnostic and summative assessment shall be available in Spanish. Districts and schools must choose from the approved list for their use of assessments to meet the requirements of the READ Act.

The main purpose of K-3 assessments in the Colorado READ Act is to identify “students with a significant reading deficiency” in grades K-3.  Interim assessments are administered to all students three times each school year.  Those students identified as having a “significant reading deficiency” must then have diagnostic assessments administered to pinpoint those students’ specific area(s) of weakness and provide in-depth information about students’ skills and instructional needs.  Students identified with a significant reading deficiency are required to have an intervention plan called READ Plan.  The students’ READ Plan will include targeted, scientifically-based or evidence-based intervention instruction to address and remediate the students’ specific diagnosed “reading skill deficiencies.”  Then, once instruction has begun, teachers must use progress monitoring assessments to determine whether students are making adequate progress and to determine whether instruction needs to be adjusted. READ Act Assessments must screen for the recognized challenges of dyslexia, including phonological processing, phonemic awareness, and decoding and encoding skills.   


The CDE has contracted with an outside entity to complete the full review. CDE will support the application process with the expected technical review to be completed outside of CDE.  Inclusion on the READ Act Advisory List of Assessments follows these steps:

  • Part I – Letter of Intent to Apply
  • Part II – Assessment Review
  • Submission to the State Board of Education for approval
  • Appeal Window
  • READ Act Assessment Advisory List Posted on Website


        Part I - Letter of Intent to Apply

The Part I - Letter of Intent to Apply for inclusion on the READ Act Assessment Advisory List is now open.

Vendors interested in submitting assessments for the 2022 Assessment Review must submit a Part I - Letter of Intent to Apply by May 20, 2022 at 4:00 PM MT. Vendors who do not submit the Part I - Letter of Intent to Apply will not be eligible to submit assessments for review. 


2022 Part I - Letter of Intent to Apply (PDF)

Link to Submit Part I - Letter of Intent to Apply 


Part I - Letter of Intent to Apply due Friday, May 20, 2022 at 4:00 PM MT

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