Colorado Board Of Education Limits Exceptions To Rule Requiring Teacher Training On Reading Instruction

The Colorado State Board of Education doesn’t plan to give school districts extra time to comply with a new rule requiring early elementary teachers to receive 45 hours of training on how to teach reading.

While the board acknowledged individual teachers facing extraordinary hardship may receive extensions, it generally agreed that schools or districts should not receive waivers from the existing timeline, as some district leaders or education groups have suggested.

The decision to limit extensions and waivers, backed by most of the board’s seven members at Thursday’s meeting, spotlights the board’s tendency to hold fast to efforts aimed at boosting the number of Colorado children who can read well by the end of third grade.

Last spring, the State board refused to shorten the 45-hour training length as some education groups had sought, and in July, it resisted a push to delay fall reading assessments for early elementary students

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