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. Please see below for resources for schools.
Request for School Level Admin Access Form
2019 Istation Presentation
Getting Started with Istation Guide
Assisting Young Students with Technology
Assessment Day Script: English and Spanish
Using Istation’s Overall Ability Index to Measure Growth
On Demand Assessments
Assigning the Extended Time Accommodations (may be completed by SAL or Administrator only)
Reading Level Correlation Chart
Istation Reports – Quick Reference Guide
Correct Procedure for Logging Out of Istation for Students
Istation Home Connections (Spanish)
Istation Home K-2 (Spanish)
Istation Home 3-8 (Spanish)
Note that cuts are only provided for the assessment windows. You may find month over month cuts in the venfor platform under "Instructional Tier Goals"
Webinars and Screencasts
Istation Training Webinars/Screencasts
Istation Mini-Screencast – Tier Movement, Skill Growth, and ROI Reports
Istation Mini-Screencast – Using Istation to Set Reading Goals and Measure Growth
Istation Training Modules for K-3 Educators
Module 1 – Introduction to Istation
Module 2 – Istation Early Reader
Module 3 – Istation Español
Module 4 – Istation Administration
Module 5 – Istation Scores
Module 6 – Istation Reports
Module 7 – Istation Teacher Resources
Dates to Know
2019-20 Assessment Administration Dates
Grades 1-12: August 19, 2019-October 18, 2019
Kindergarten**: September 3, 2019-October 18, 2019
Grades K-12: Dec. 2, 2019 – Feb. 14, 2020
Grades K-12 May 1 – May 29, 2020
Any assessment scores obtained in April will not be used by AR&D 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, but must be in a different calendar month from the screen. 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 3rd.
Fall Teacher Decision Window (K-3) 10/19/19-10/25/19
Midyear Teacher Decision Window (K-3) 2/14/20-2/21/20
Deadline for fall READ plan creation/submission: November 15, 2019 (Grades 1-12)
December 13, 2019 (Kindergarten)
Deadline for midyear READ plan creation/updates: February 28, 2020 (all grade levels)
Deadline for spring READ plan updates/Bridge Plan: May 29, 2020 (all grade levels)
AR&D Hotline: (720) 423-3736
OASIS, School Folders, SAL Designation, etc.)