This KSL news feature about CO schools outperforming UT schools is based on a study and report prepared by Utah Foundation. We encourage all PC READS members to read the full report: Lessons from Our Neighbor: Learning from Colorado’s Educational Success. Specifically, take a few minutes to read the sections entitled, “Literacy Efforts in Colorado” and “Literacy Efforts in Utah.” A quote from the report:
In 2008 the Commissioner established the Colorado Literacy Council to advise the CDE on literacy initiatives, including systems for the review of literacy content in educator preparation programs. That same year, the Colorado Legislature passed HB08-1223, which created technical assistant programs to help teachers intervene early with children who have literacy challenges such as dyslexia. Sponsor of the bill representative Mike Merrifield, explained at the time that effectively addressing dyslexia was one of the keys to reaching the governor’s goal of increasing the literacy rate and cutting Colorado’s drop-out rate in half in the subsequent 10 years.