About NRP

Note this page is preserved from the old NRP website, the current website is not affiliated with NRP in any way:

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 meetings.

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.