Under current law, a school district, charter school, or board of cooperative services (local education provider) may use per-pupil intervention money received pursuant to the "Colorado READ Act" to purchase core reading instructional programs (programs) that are on an advisory list of programs created by the department of education (department).
The bill authorizes a local education provider to use per-pupil intervention money to purchase programs that are not on the advisory list but that the local education provider determines meet the criteria for placement on the list. After the local education provider has used the programs for 2 school years, the department must review the programs and the results achieved and determine whether the programs are effective in improving students' reading competency.
If the programs are effective, the department must place the programs on the advisory list. If the programs are not effective, a local education provider may not subsequently use per-pupil intervention money to purchase the programs.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)