They certainly looked at the BRI materials,Ken. But as soon as they read:
"I see Sam"
they seemed to give up ... in spite of the fact that research, testimonials from leading SP users, wide-spread field testing etc.etc. illustration showing exactlly where BRI fits in with all the major SP programmes (thanks to Elizabeth's generosity and painstaking work).
My daughter wrote this for our Dyslexia leaflet (incidentally until she worked on MRI stories, she'd had previsely 1/2 hour" phonics" teaching at school - out of the blue they learned sounds of the alphabet...\. Now, in spite of being a voracious readeer by the time she went to school, she is a firm believer in SP foundations:
There is no ‘silver bullet’ to cure dyslexia and other special needs; there is,
however, the transformatory effect of gradual code introduction, rigorous
decoding, and extensive practice within lively, accessible stories.
This seems hard to grasp for some unfathomable reason.
Tom Burkard's materials aren't mentioned, but I don't think he applied.
There are lots of good things in the catalogue. However, there is far too much attention paid to 'fluffy' supplementary materials makng an artificial leap from decoding to reading for enrichment and meaning. The worst thing about the catalogue was the decision to shove training to the back. On the whole though, in spite of the superficiality of the BRI judgement, its good that trainings are being inspected.