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First-graders in the reading red zone: How one Colorado school is tackling pandemic gaps

News

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

Education

In bid to boost Colorado reading scores, small program shows promise where larger efforts failed

From Englewood to Lamar, other school leaders agree, and many have sought additional grant funding or district dollars to preserve initiatives

Education

Opinion: It’s time for Colorado’s teachers to “know better” about the science of reading

I am energized that the State Board of Education will consider a recommendation to help ensure that future educators are prepared to teach reading using scientifically based approaches.

Opinion Columns

Colorado may shift to a more in-depth reading exam for some new teachers

Around 20 states already require teacher candidates to take in-depth exams on reading instruction

Education

Finding out how Colorado schools teach reading can be a wild goose chase. This bill could make it easier.

The transparency legislation comes out of an ongoing push by parents of students with dyslexia and other advocates to shine a light on the black box that is reading instruction at many Colorado schools

Education

Jeffco to adopt new reading curriculum, push more uniform approach

The switch will consume as much as 2% of Jeffco Schools' $806 million budget. And it's not the only large metro district out of compliance with state curriculum quality laws.

Education

Colorado joins multistate effort to improve how teacher prep programs cover reading

The project is the latest in a series of steps by state education officials meant to get more Colorado children reading at grade level after years of stagnant scores

Education

When even books are “quarantined,” reading progress in Colorado’s early grades is challenging

Colorado districts battle coronavirus hurdles in the critical effort to have kids reading up to par by the end of third grade. Some also counsel patience.

Education

After flood of concerns, Colorado Board of Education poised to relax deadline for teacher training on reading

The situation encompasses the larger debate about whether state leaders and educators are doing enough to help the more-than-50% of Colorado students who struggle to read well

Education

Many Jeffco schools use discredited curriculum to teach students how to read

The list of reading curriculums illustrates not only the stark differences between Jeffco schools, but also the large number of district schools that are out of compliance with a 2019 state law

Education

What do Jeffco schools use to teach reading? District leaders don’t know, and neither does the public.

District leaders told Chalkbeat that each school has the autonomy to select its own reading curriculum, but officials don’t track what schools have chosen.

Education

Coronavirus reading regression? It led me back to self-isolating Salinger — and Holden Caulfield.

Colorado authors, thinkers and readers share their thoughts on living through historic times as the state fights the progress of coronavirus

Write On, Colorado

Coronavirus temporarily closed the book on Colorado’s public libraries. But they found new ways to fulfill their mission.

From phone calls with seniors to online quiz shows to live-streamed outdoor concerts, Colorado libraries have discovered that they can still connect with their communities

News

Up next in Colorado’s bid to help struggling readers: New training for thousands of teachers

The new teacher training requirement is among a raft of recent state changes meant to ensure teachers know and use approaches to reading instruction backed by science

Education

Remote learning robbed Colorado kids of end-of-year traditions. It might also set them back over summer break.

To help students retain what they learned this year, teachers recommend they read daily, prepare meals a few nights and count bugs.

Education

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

Education

Most Colorado teacher prep programs don’t teach reading well, report says. University leaders don’t buy it.

While many higher education leaders discount the report as an unreliable gauge of whether teacher prep programs adequately train teachers on reading instruction, there’s no debate that far too many children struggle with reading

Education

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

Education

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

Education