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 Aimlines

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.

DPS uses a tool called Early Literacy Aimlines for 1st-3rd grade as one piece of a body of evidence to help educators and families tracking student progress toward CMAS proficiency by third grade. In 2019, Early Literacy Aimline scores will be included in the School Performance Framework.


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 2018-19

Grades 1-12: Aug. 20 – Oct. 26, 2018

Kindergarten**: Sep. 1 – Oct. 26, 2018

Grades K-12: Dec. 3, 2018 – Feb. 15, 2019

Grades K-12: May 1 – May 31, 2019

Deadline for fall READ plan creation/submission: November 16, 2018 (Grades 1-12); December 15, 2018 (Kindergarten)
Deadline for midyear READ plan creation/updates: February 28, 2019 (all grade levels)
Deadline for spring  READ plan updates/Bridge Plan: May 31, 2019 (all grade levels)

*Note that there is not a separate window for verifications. In the fall, K-3 and cohort students must be screened within 30 days. Verifications in the fall and midyear must be completed within the window. Please ensure that you schedule enough time within the window to reasonably complete these activities.
**We will not be accepting scores for kindergartners prior to September 1st.


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.