The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act), passed by the Colorado legislature in 2012, focuses on early literacy development for all students and especially for students at risk to not read at grade level by the end of the third grade. The READ Act focuses on literacy development for kindergarteners through third-graders. Students are tested for reading skills, and those who are not reading at grade level are given individual READ plans. Specific funding is allocated to help students who are struggling the most.
In 2019, the Legislature strengthened the READ Act. These updates emphasize the importance of using evidence-based instructional practices through changes to improvement planning, external program evaluation, accountability for fund usage, and teacher training.