Colorado Reading Statistics


2017 Colorado Students:

Total  #: 910,280

Total # in Special Education: 101,682

Total # in Special Education for Specific Learning Disability (SLD): 40,062

About 85% of children with SLD are dyslexic, therefore an estimated 34,053 students in Special Education are dyslexic.

Conservatively, 12% of all children are dyslexic. In CO, that would mean 109,234 of K-12 students are dyslexic.

The below graph shows 2017 Colorado IEPs by Disability and Grade. Early identification and intervention are key to dyslexics and can even prevent the need for special education. We are identifying children way too late – its peak in 6th grade! – and are only identifying them when they are significantly behind grade level. This is the very definition of wait to fail.




Source:  Colorado Department of Education   2017-2018 school year data