Early Literacy and Reading Comprehension
(Colorado READ Act)
The Board believes reading is the skill most closely associated with success in school. In accordance with this belief and state law, the district shall provide students enrolled in kindergarten, first, second and third grades with instructional programming and interventions to enable these students, to the greatest extent possible, to achieve reading competency and attain the skills necessary to achieve the Boardís and stateís academic achievement goals.
Assessments and READ plans
In accordance with the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act) and applicable State Board of Education rules, the district shall assess the reading readiness level of every kindergarten student and the literacy and reading comprehension level of every first, second and third grade student. If the assessment of the student indicates the student has a significant reading deficiency, a READ plan shall be developed for the student in accordance with this policyís accompanying regulation.
Student retention due to studentís significant reading deficiency
The decision to retain a student due to the studentís significant reading deficiency shall be made by the building principal, in accordance with applicable law and in consultation with the studentís parent/guardian, the studentís teacher and other appropriate school personnel.
The meeting to discuss the possible retention of a student with a significant reading deficiency and the notice required by the READ Act are addressed in this policyís accompanying regulation.
Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, if a decision is made to promote a student to fourth grade even though the student continues to be identified as a student with a significant reading deficiency, the superintendent or superintendentís designee shall make the final decision regarding whether the student is promoted or retained.
The district shall annually report to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) the state-assigned student identifier for each student enrolled in the district who has a READ plan. Other information required by the READ Act and applicable State Board of Education rules shall also be reported to CDE.
The district shall also use the reported student data to develop and implement district and school improvement plans in accordance with the Education Accountability Act of 2009 and applicable State Board of Education rules.
Adoption date: Sept. 22, 2014
LEGAL REFS.:††† C.R.S. 22-7-1201 et seq. (Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C.R.S. 22-11-101 et seq. (Education Accountability Act of 2009)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1 CCR 301-1, Rules 2202-R-1.00 et seq. (State Board of Education rules for the Administration of the Accreditation of School Districts)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1 CCR 301-92, Rules 2202-R-1.00 et seq. (State Board of Education rules for the Administration of the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act)
CROSS REFS.:†††† AE, Accountability/Commitment to Accomplishment
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AED*, Accreditation
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IK, Academic Achievement
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IKE, Ensuring All Students Meet Standards