Read the Rose Report on reading

Those readers from the UK are almost surely familiar with the “Rose Report,” but readers in other parts of the world may not know about it. Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties: An independent report from Sir Jim Rose to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families was published in June 2009 and is available for free.

Overall, this the Rose Report presents a clear, sensible, and valuable understanding of reading problems and dyslexia, including many valuable recommendations for instruction. It is not perfect, to be sure. For example, there is a strong endorsement of Reading Recovery, which I find unwarrented given its record and costs. Still, a well-informed reader will find much to like in this document.

Sir Jim (Arthur James Rose) has been a primary school teacher, head administrator, and Director of Inspection for the Office for Standards in Education. He also chaired several other special commissions in addition to leading the preparation of this report.

Snag a PDF copy of Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties from the Department for Children, Schools and Families Web site.

1 Response to “Read the Rose Report on reading”

  • Hello,
    I was surprised to read that Sir Jim recommended Reading Recovery. He doesn’t! In fact I’ll quote, ” The review does NOT support the proposed Children’s Plan pilot scheme in which children with dyslexia were to receive Reading Recovery support from specialist teachers….It therefore recommends that this pilot scheme should NOT go ahead.” LDA website From the UK: the Rose Report on Dyslexia just released Page 2 paragraph 2. LDA Bulletin, Volume 41, No 2, June 2009
    Kind regards
    Rhonda Roe
    Reading Recovery is whole-language based. Written by Marie Clay, the mother of whole-language. Jim Rose would never support whole-language.

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