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2017 State of Literacy in Colorado Report

The State of Literacy in Colorado report explores how as a state, we are preparing students to read proficiently by the end of third grade, a well-established, critical milestone for a child’s academic success. Data were analyzed from a variety of sources, including the state measures of students with a significant reading deficiency (SRD), English Language Arts portion of the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessment, the reading portion of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), college remediation rates, and adult literacy rates. 

The report identifies three gaps in implementation and student outcomes, which if addressed properly, could be game changing toward the goals of all students reading proficiently by the end of third grade and eventually graduating high school prepared for college or career. Those gaps are:

  1. Implementation of the READ Act is inconsistent.
  2. There are no state resources for “gap students,” those students who are below proficient but are not identified as having a significant reading deficiency (SRD).
  3. Struggling readers past third grade do not have adequate supports. Related, teachers need more support and professional development to help older, struggling readers.

This winter Stand for Children Colorado will release recommendations for policy changes to expand the READ Act. These recommendations will serve as the foundation for 2018 legislation to continue improving literacy outcomes for Colorado students.

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