The ROGO Index was published for the first time in December 2017, following an in-depth review of international evidence on what it means to be a reader at age 11. The Index is based on a new tripartite model of reading well at age 11, developed by the Read On. Get On. coalition.
The model 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 measures how well 11-year-olds in England are reading across these three areas using data from the Department for Education, GL Assessment, Renaissance and the National Literacy Trust.
The coalition will publish the ROGO Index every year to hold the nation to account for the reading levels of its children.
The ROGO Index 2018 shows that:
- Children’s daily reading levels have risen slightly since 2016/17 (50.5% in 2017/18 from 49.5% in 2016/17)
- However, daily reading levels continue to be an area of great concern, lagging significantly behind levels of reading skill (85.7%) and enjoyment (74.7%)
- Children’s levels of reading enjoyment have remained relatively unchanged (74.7% in 2017/18 vs 74.9% in 2016/17)
- National curriculum reading scores increased by 3 percentage points over the past year (72% in 2016/17 to 75% in 2017/18), while reading scores from GL Assessment (85.4% in 2016/17 to 86.3% in 2017/18) and Renaissance (85.3% in 2016/17 to 85% in 2017/18) have remained relatively stable
- Girls continue to outperform boys in all areas of reading, with a particularly marked gap in daily reading levels (57% vs 44%)
ROGO Index reports
- ROGO Index 2018 (December 2018)
- ROGO Index 2017 (December 2017)
- What it means to be a reader at age 11: valuing skills, affective and behavioural processes - a literature review (December 2017)