Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act)

The purpose of the READ Act is to ensure all children can read at grade level by the end of third grade, and ultimately graduate from high school having attained skills that adequately prepare them for post-secondary studies or for the workforce. Research shows that reading at or above grade level by third grade is a critical milestone; if students do not read on grade level by third grade, they are likely to fall behind in all subject areas and are at high risk for dropping out of high school.

The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act) was passed by the Colorado legislature and went into effect on July 1, 2013. This law focuses on K-3 literacy development and includes requirements for assessment, individualized READ plans for students reading Significantly Below Grade Level (SBGL), and specifics around parent communication and involvement. CDE will be collecting READ Act information yearly. DPS currently supports Istation as its READ Act assessment in grades K-8 and Reading Inventory (RI) in grades 6 – 12. STAR Early Literacy, STAR Reader, i-Ready, and DIBELS are also approved for use within DPS.

READ Act: An Overview | How Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction Work Together

Early literacy — which DPS defines as reading, writing, speaking and listening — is essential to building a strong foundation for success in school and in life. Research shows that students who are reading and writing proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to graduate.

State law (the READ Act) requires all kindergarten, first-, second- and third-graders be tested to ensure students are making progress toward reading on grade level by third grade. DPS students take these tests a minimum of three times – at the beginning, middle and end of the school year.


Supporting Early Literacy at Home: A Guide for Families
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Other Resources to Support Literacy At Home
Lion Database | Overdrive | Be a Learning Hero | ¡Colorín Colorado! | Study Blue: Free Apps for Studying | National PTA Standards Parent Guides | Scholastic: Parents

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS/IDEL)
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Reading Inventory (RI)
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STAR (STAR Early Literacy and STAR Reading)
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General Assessment Resources
Assessment Purposes and District Policies
DPS Assessment Strategy
Assessment Window Calendar

Administration Windows 2019-20

Grades 1-12: August 19, 2019 – October 18, 2019

Kindergarten: September 3, 2019 – October 18, 2019

Grades K-12: December 2, 2019 – February 14, 2020

Grades K-12: May 1 – May 29, 2020

Fall Teacher Decision Window (K-3) October 19, 2019 – October 25, 2019

Midyear Teacher Decision Window (K-3) February 14, 2020 – February 21, 2020

Deadline for fall READ plan creation/submission: November 15, 2019 (Grades 1-12); December 13, 2019 (Kindergarten)
Deadline for midyear READ plan creation/updates: February 28, 2020 (all grade levels)
Deadline for spring  READ plan updates/Bridge Plan: May 29, 2020 (all grade levels)


For a parent to see their student’s READ Act assessment scores, please visit the Parent Portal, or talk with your student’s teacher to learn more about their scores.