The READ Act
Recognizing both the importance of proficient reading by the end of third grade and the significant number of students who need more help reaching that goal, Colorado legislators unanimously passed the Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act in 2012.The READ Act focuses on K-3 literacy development, literacy assessment, and individual READ plans for students reading below grade level. Additional funding is provided to districts for the most struggling readers in grades K-3. In order to receive these funds, districts and schools are required to:
- Assess students’ literacy development in the five essential domains of scientifically-based reading
- Identify which students have a significant reading deficiency (SRD) and need additional support to improve their reading skills
- In coordination with a students’ parents, develop an individual intervention plan, READ Plan, for each SRD designated student
- Allow grade-level retention as an intervention option for SRD designated students
- Report specific data to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) about the status and progress of SRD designated students and are encouraged to report details about which interventions they use through their READ Act funds; schools and districts are expected to use this data in their school and district improvement plans (SIP and UIP)
Stand for Children played a key role in the passage of the READ Act, and we continue to monitor and support its implementation. We are working with parents, educators, and policymakers to ensure that teachers are prepared to teach reading and parents know how they can support their children’s reading at home. Through these efforts and others, we are committed to fulfilling the promise of the READ Act.