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What is the National Reading Panel?Why was the panel formed?What were the findings of the National Reading Panel?How can I get help for my child's reading disorder?
In 1997, Congress asked the NICHD, along with the U.S. Department of Education (ED), to form the National Reading Panel to review research on how children learn to read and determine which methods of teaching reading are most effective based on the research evidence.
The panel included members from different backgrounds, including school administrators, working teachers, and scientists involved in reading research.
The panel was formed because many of the nation's children have problems learning to read. If they don't get the help they need, these children may fall behind in school and struggle with reading throughout their lives.
Although parents, teachers, and school officials work hard to help kids learn to read, there have been many different ideas about what ways of teaching reading have worked the best—and some ideas have contradicted each other.
Congress asked the NICHD and the ED to form the National Reading Panel to evaluate existing research about reading and, based on the evidence, determine what methods work best for teaching children to read.
The National Reading Panel's analysis made it clear that the best approach to reading instruction is one that incorporates:
The following is a summary of the panel's findings:
Many organizations for people with reading and other learning disorders provide a wealth of resources to help these people and their parents get help.
A few places to start are:
The Resources and Publications page of this website has other helpful resources as well.
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