the National Reading Panel (NRP)
Formation of the NRP
In 1997, Congress asked the Director
of the National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development (NICHD)* at the National Institutes of Health,
in consultation with the Secretary of Education, to
convene a national panel to assess the effectiveness
of different approaches used to teach children to read.
* By act of congress (Public Law 110-154), the Institute was renamed the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
Work of the NRP
For over two years, the NRP reviewed
research-based knowledge on reading instruction and
held open panel meetings in Washington, DC, and regional
meetings across the United States. On April 13, 2000,
the NRP concluded its work and submitted "The Report
of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to
Read," at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Appropriations
Committee's Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human
Services, and Education.
Current Role of the NRP
The NRP has completed the research
assessment of reading instruction approaches. The members
no longer meet as a panel but continue to present the
NRP findings at various conferences and organizational
NICHD has formed a partnership with
the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) and the U.S.
Department of Education (ED) to work on continued dissemination
and implementation efforts of the NRP Report, as part
of NIFL's overall mission to disseminate and implement
research-based reading practices.
Many organizations are turning to the
NRP Report to highlight important findings that impact
specific audiences such as parents, teachers, and school
administrators. Such organizations are creating tools
that will enable specific audiences to use the NRP findings
best suited for them.
The NRP Web Site
This Web site is updated regularly
with information about NRP publications and materials.
This site is also an archive, featuring the congressional
charge to the NRP, biographies of NRP members, meeting
minutes, and other historical information.
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