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A Guide For Teachers By Teachers To Help Teachers Teach Reading

The National Reading Panel (NRP) issued a report in 2000 to help parents, teachers, and policymakers identify key skills and methods central to reading achievement. The NRP was charged with reviewing research in reading instruction (focusing on the critical years of kindergarten through third grade) and identifying methods that consistently related to reading success.

In response to the NRP report, the U.S. Department of Education has published a guide, designed by teachers for teachers, describing the findings of the NRP report and providing analysis and discussion in five areas of reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. Each section defines the skill, reviews the evidence from research, suggests implications for classroom instruction, describes proven strategies for teaching reading skills, and addresses frequently raised questions.

Teachers can order a free copy of the guide, Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read, by:

  • Calling the U.S. Department of Education's Publications Center (ED Pubs) toll-free at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827); TTY/TDD: 1-877-576-7734; FAX: 1-301-470-1244;
  • Ordering online at:; or
  • Writing to request a copy: ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398.

About Extra Credit
NCLB Extra Credit is a regular look at the No Child Left Behind Act, President Bush's landmark education reform initiative passed with bipartisan support in Congress.

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