The National Reading Panel

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In 1997, the United States Congress asked Dr. G. Reid Lyon, Chief of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health, to appoint a fourteen-member panel of experts to determine the effectiveness of various approaches to reading instruction.  The criteria for the selection of individuals for the panel included the ability to be completely objective as the panel researched and evaluated over 100,000 different reading programs and methodologies.  No member of the panel could have any investment, financial or otherwise, with any reading methodology or program.  The National Reading Panel Report condensed several decades of scientific research that shows effective reading instruction address five critical areas (Learning Point Associates, 2004) labeled as the five pillars of reading:

  1. Phonemic Awareness

  2. Phonics

  3. Fluency

  4. Vocabulary

  5. Comprehension



(Excerpted from, “School Success for Kids with Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties” by Walter Dunson, Ph.D.)

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