May 4, 2016

In this edition, you will find:

  • PALS Data upload
  • End of Year READ Plan Reminders
  • Summer Learning Opportunities
  • Changes to READ Law for Next Year
  • Tableau Reading Level Reports Now Available
  • Important Links to Resources for Teaching Partners and Teachers

PALS Data Upload

There were recent problems with the automatic data upload from PALS to Enrich. The APS IT Department is still working to ensure all current data from PALS is uploaded into all READ Plans as soon as possible.

Please contact Lori Stack with specific questions related to this data transfer process and thank you for your patience as we work to resolve the issues.

Reminder: Finalize All READ Plans

Just a reminder to make sure ALL plans are finalized in Enrich as soon as possible. If a teacher is still trying to contact the parent, finalize the plan after three attempts have been made and document all attempts in the comments section of the plan.

Plans are not active until they are finalized. Progress monitoring data should be entered to document growth from now until the end of the year.

Summer 2016 Leveled Literacy Intervention Institute

We are pleased to offer two institutes this summer for both interventionists who need to be trained in using LLI and classroom teachers who want to learn more about using assessment to guide small group reading instruction.

Please view the flyers for more information and register in Avatar as soon as possible--space is limited. We strongly recommend this institute for any interventionist using LLI next year who has not received this formal training.

Summer K-2 Institute Flyer

Summer 3-5 Institute Flyer

Summer READing Foundations Course

The READing Foundations Academy will provide K – 3 teachers an opportunity to expand their knowledge of foundational reading skills to support their students in developing and advancing their reading ability. APS is hosting a summer course June 20-23 (3.5 days)

When: June 20-23 8:00-3:30 am (1/2 day on June 23rd)

Where: Wheeling Elementary

AVATAR Code: 4638.6106

Relicensure credit (free) or option to receive 1.5 credits from Adams State University (Cost is $82.50)

Please see the flyer for more specifics on the course.

READing Foundations Flyer

Email Shelli Deaguero or Jennifer McCammon with questions

READ Act Law Updates for 2016-17

At its March 9, 2016 meeting, the State Board of Education adopted new READ Act rules for implementation of the Colorado READ Act. The current board rules reflect changes prompted by the passage of House Bill 15-1323 in terms of READ testing timelines, assessment of kindergarten students and determination of grade level proficiency.

  • The interim screener must now be administered within 30 calendar days, not instructional days, after the first day of the school year. Also, if a student falls below the cut score one time, the teacher should complete diagnostic testing within the next window of time (TBD) and a READ Plan will be initiated.
  • The screener must be administered during the fall testing window AND again during the Spring testing window to ALL STUDENTS. We will be required to report this data to CDE as part of their READ Data Collection.
  • Kindergarten will have between 60-90 days to administer the screener. We will provide a recommended timeline soon.
  • READ Plans will be created sooner in the school year for all students and will be the active intervention plan for the student for that school year.
  • We will provide updated timelines, flowcharts, and other resources to support this implementation soon. The READ Team will update the Key Assessment Chart and share with schools once it is approved by district leadership.

Please let us know what questions you have.

New Reading Data Reports are now Available!

Tableau now contains a dashboard, Summary of Literacy Assessments, which includes an overview of student performance on BAS assessments this year. It contains much of the information many of you have requested in report form and can be filtered by grade and classroom teacher. Help sheets and training videos for using Tableau and this dashboard can be found at


A Division of Equity in Learning partnership:
  • Elementary Literacy
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  • Accountability & Research
  • Exceptional Student Services
  • English Language Acquisition

For support, please contact:
  • Lori Stack, Data Coordinator
  • Shelli Deaguero, Elementary Literacy Instructional Coordinator
  • Your MTSS Partner or ELA Consultant