NIH News Advisory
National Institute of Child Health
and Human Development

Wednesday, April 12, 2000
Contact: Robert Bock
(301) 496-5133

National Reading Panel To Present Its Recommendations On Teaching Children To Read

A congressionally mandated independent panel will present its recommendations on the most effective ways to teach children to read before the Senate Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Room 124 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Thursday, April 13, at 10 a.m. The panel's findings are expected to have major implications for educational practice in the U.S.

Members of the National Reading Panel and NICHD Director Duane Alexander, M.D., will be available to answer questions from the press in a briefing hosted by Representative Anne Northup (R-KY) on Thursday, April 13 at 11 a.m. in Room H144 of the U.S. Capitol Building, immediately following the presentation of the report to the Senate.

The National Reading Panel was established in response to a 1997 congressional directive. Specifically, Congress asked the Director of the NICHD, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, Richard W. Riley, to convene a national panel to review the scientific evidence and, based on that evidence, the most effective ways to teach children to read. The Panel is composed of 14 individuals and includes leading scientists in reading research, representatives of colleges of education, reading teachers, educational administrators, and parents.

Report Presentation: 10 a.m., April 13 Room 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Press Conference: 11 a.m., April 13 Room H144 U.S. Capitol Building