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Did this Colorado transparency law make it easier to understand how schools teach reading?

Parents who fought for the curriculum transparency measure say the state’s databases fall short

Politics and Government

Despite pushback, Colorado will enforce K-3 teacher training on reading as planned

About 23,000 early elementary teachers must complete the 45-hour teacher training, either by taking a free online course or completing other state-approved options


The alleged killer thought no one would miss him. But the “reading man” has been missed — and now memorialized.

Warren Barnes read most days in an alley near a downtown bookstore. Now his chair, filled with books, is a permanent fixture.


Colorado cracks down on schools using weak reading curriculum. Advocates worry about backpedaling.

The state education department sent out dozens of letters in late October notifying districts that one or more of their schools use unacceptable reading curriculum


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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.

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