The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act) was passed by the Colorado Legislature during the 2012 legislative session. The READ Act focuses on K-3 literacy development, literacy assessment, and individual READ plans for students reading below grade level. The READ Act differs from the Colorado Basic Literacy Act (CBLA) by focusing on students identified as having a significant reading deficiency as determined by the State Board of Education, delineating requirements for parent communication, and providing funding to support intervention.


Test all K-3 students with an approved interim assessment  within 30 days of enrollment (90 days for kindergarten)

Testing Timeline

Test all K-3 students with an approved interim assessment within 30 days of enrollment and as prescribed by the assessment vendor.

  • Students scoring below the cut off must be retested (using the assessment's progress monitoring) within another 30 days.
  • If the student again scores below the cut off, follow up with an approved diagnostic assessment.
  • Monitor progress by administering an approved interim assessment in the spring



If a student is assessed twice with an interim assessment and the score suggests the student has a significant reading deficiency:

  • Administer an approved diagnostic assessment
  • Communicate with the student’s parent/guardian
  • Create a READ Plan jointly with parents 
  • Monitor ongoing progress by administering the approved interim assessment periodically throughout the school year (Winter recommended, Spring required)
  • Collect a body of evidence to demonstrate sufficient progress
  • Discuss student advancement within 45 days of end of the year [page 5 of guidance document]

Schools should input the spring interim assessment scores into their student information system as spring scores are reported in the READ Act data collection and drive funding.

Training  Link to 8/25/16 Webinar