The Colorado Reading To Ensure Academic Development Act (Colorado READ Act) was passed by the Colorado Legislature during the 2012 legislative session. The READ Act repeals the Colorado Basic Literacy Act (CBLA) as of July 1, 2013, keeping many of the elements of CBLA such as a focus on K-3 literacy, assessment, and individual plans for students reading below grade level. The READ Act differs from CBLA by focusing on students identified as having a significant reading deficiency, delineating requirements for parent communication, and providing funding to support intervention. Other components of the Colorado READ Act include a competitive Early Literacy Grant and a resource bank of assessments, instructional programming, and professional development. – Learn more here.

While Intervention and/or the Response To Intervention has long been a practice in Colorado, it was only through the READ Act that the state has produced a list of materials that have been approved by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).  You can view them here.


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Response To Intervention Programs Recommended for Colorado


SIPPSThere are number of CDE approved programs for Intervention, but one program in particular that meets the requirements of the CDE for Intervention and in our opinion exceeds CDE requirements is SIPPS.

SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) is a program for new and struggling readers from kindergarten through 12th grade. SIPPS instructional materials offer a systemic approach to decoding that helps students gain reading fluency and comprehension.

For younger students, the program provides the kind of structure and systemic lessons that beginning readers need. For older students and teens, the SIPPS program uses age-appropriate reading materials that help them acquire the skills they must have to read grade-level texts and understand content-level vocabulary.

The SIPPS program also incorporates the best practices for teaching English Language Learners and provides follow-up support and professional development for teachers.


What About The Colorado Common Core State Standards?

SIPPS learning tools meet and exceed the Common Core State Standards. The Standards expect students to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds
  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word-analysis skills in decoding words
  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
  • Become proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend texts across a range of types and disciplines

SIPPS instruction invites students to:

  • Engage with books at appropriate levels to build fluency and increase confidence
  • Respond orally and receive immediate strategic feedback
  • Monitor and reflect on their growth across increasingly complex texts
  • Read leveled stories to practice the words and concepts they’ve been taught
  • Read widely and deeply across genres and disciplines


K-6 Intervention using SIPPS


High School Intervention using SIPPS



Learn More About SIPPS Here



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