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Key Findings From The National Early Literacy Panel Report

Written By: Hatch Experts Team

Publish Date: Jan 13, 2009


The final National Early Literacy Panel (NELP) report, Developing Early Literacy was released last week in Washington D.C. by the National Institute for Literacy. The key findings of the report identified six variables that correlated with later literacy as demonstrated by data from multiple studies with large numbers of children.

These variables are:

  • Alphabet knowledge: knowledge of names and sounds associated with printed letters
  • Phonological awareness: the ability to detect, manipulate, or analyze the auditory aspects of spoken language (including the ability to distinguish or segment words, syllables or phonemes)
  • Rapid automatic naming (RAN) of letters or digits: the ability to rapidly name a sequence of random letters or digits
  • Rapid naming of objects: the ability to rapidly name a sequence of repeating random sets of pictures of objects (e.g, car, tree) or colors
  • Writing or writing name: the ability to write letters in isolation on request or to write one's own name
  • Phonological memory: the ability to remember spoken information for a short period of time.

It is my hope that the early childhood community will embrace these research findings in planning for instruction and purchasing products for the classroom.