• 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.

Students reading in library

Dates to Know

  • 2018-19 Assessment Administration Dates
    Grades 1-12: August 20, 2018-October 26, 2018
    Kindergarten**: September 1, 2018-October 26, 2018

    Grades K-12: Dec. 3, 2018 – Feb. 15, 2019    Update: Due to the strike, the assessment administration deadline has been extended to February 21, 2019

    Grades K-12 May 1 – May 31, 2019

    Any assessment scores obtained in April will not be used by ARE for READ purposes, or for SPF/Accountability. 

    *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 kindergarteners prior to September 1st.  

    Deadline for fall READ plan creation/submission: November 16, 2018 (Grades 1-12)-Update-Extended to November 30, 2018 
                                                                                                                                       December 15, 2018 (Kindergarten)

    Deadline for midyear READ plan creation/updates: February 28, 2019 (all grade levels)  Update: Due to implications from the strike, the deadline has been extended to March 7. 2019

    Deadline for spring  READ plan updates/Bridge Plan: May 31, 2019 (all grade levels)


    ARE Hotline: (720) 423-3736

    Assessment Applications
    OASIS, School Folders, SAL Designation, etc.)