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.