6 takeaways from a $1.5 million evaluation of Colorado’s reading law
Lawmakers commissioned the multiyear evaluation in 2019 amid growing concern that efforts driven by the READ Act had done little to boost reading scores among Colorado students. They earmarked up to $750,000 a year for the outside review.s
Colorado’s rules on reading curriculum apply to Aurora, but that was news to district officials
One-third of Aurora’s district-run elementary and K-8 schools, enrolling more than 5,000 students, use unacceptable reading curriculum and are out of compliance with the law.
Colorado State Board calls for tougher rules teacher training rules on reading instruction
The new rules will govern the rollout of legislation that updates a major 2012 law — the READ Act — requiring districts to help struggling readers in the early grades
Colorado wants to ensure teachers know how to teach reading. But some say proposed rules lack teeth and transparency.
Critics say that kind of case-by-case internal review leaves the public in the dark about what gets the state’s stamp of approval and what doesn’t
Colorado has spent hundreds of millions to help kids read. Now, it will spend up to $5.2 million to find out why it hasn’t worked.
A state law passed last spring mandated the external evaluation and other steps intended to improve the 2012 law, known as the READ Act
How a Colorado public school for students with dyslexia is changing the game for struggling readers — and the state conversation on reading
ALLIES, now in its third year, is ascending at a time when lawmakers and education leaders are raising big questions about why so many Colorado children can’t read well
Colorado lawmakers seek overhaul for troubled $231 million program meant to help kids catch up on reading
The proposed changes follow reports that the READ Act, which has been around since 2012, has failed to produce significant gains
Opinion: Children need to READ and it is their right: The READ Act Challenge
Colorado education officials failed state by botching $231 million reading-improvement program, whistleblower lawsuit claimed
Signed into law in 2012, the program was supposed to ensure that all Colorado students would be able to read at their grade level by third grade. But state officials say they remain far behind that goal, even as the annual cost of the READ Act has risen to $42.5 million.
Colorado spent $231 million to help young children catch up on reading. But rates of kids with significant deficiencies only worsened.
The READ Act program still has not produced any significant improvement in the reading skills of the students it targeted