The long awaited independent evaluation of the Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act called for in policy passed in 2019 was released last week. The legislation requires an “independent evaluation to identify and assess strategies that the state, local districts, and schools have taken to support Colorado.”
We had high expectations for this independent evaluation. We actually were expecting a more in depth district by district and school by school analysis of how READ Act dollars are being spent and if those funds are being used to support scientifically backed approaches to teaching students to read. We look forward to a thorough dollar by dollar analysis in the next report. We were pleased, but not surprised, to see that most of the approved curriculum, training, and assessments on CDE’s approved list were found to be aligned to scientifically based approaches. Knowing this, we encourage all districts to ensure students have access to these evidence-based tools for learning to read.
Chalkbeat reported on the evaluation in the article: "6 takeaways from a $1.5 million evaluation of Colorado’s reading law" and you can read the evaluation here.