The ROGO index

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

A new measure of children’s reading at age 11 has been launched alongside resources and research-based advice for schools and parents.

The ROGO Index has been developed by the Read On. Get On coalition, which includes the National Literacy Trust.

The Index is based on a tripartite model of reading well at age 11, which asserts that a good reader has strong cognitive skills (including phonics and decoding), affective processes (including high levels of reading enjoyment), and reading behaviours (including reading outside school on a daily basis).

The ROGO Index was published for the first time in December and showed that children’s levels of reading enjoyment (75 per cent) and daily reading frequency (50 per cent) are lower than their levels of cognitive reading skills (85 per cent).

The ROGO campaign website offers advice for schools and teachers on boosting reading enjoyment, evidence of what it means to be a good reader at age 11, and tips for parents.

Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, said: “The relationship between children’s enjoyment of reading, how often they read outside school and their academic attainment is critical.

“The ROGO coalition will publish the ROGO Index every year to hold the nation to account for the reading levels of its children.

“It’s time to put reading for enjoyment at the heart of our children’s lives.”

James Bowen, director of NAHT Edge, said: “Learning the technical skills of reading is obviously essential, but there is so much more to learning to read than simply decoding symbols on a page.

“We want children who not only can read, but want to read, and actively choose to do so. This is why this measure is both useful and welcome.”

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