The Five Pillars of Reading Instruction were set forth by the National Reading Panel in 2000. The panel of educators had spent two years reviewing the available reading research to determine the most effective practices for reading instruction. Their work, their conclusions, and their consensus have culminated in what the education community has viewed as best practices for the past decade. Among the findings, the panel named five pillars as essential for effective reading instruction. There is virtually no disagreement among those on the panel or from other experts that these pillars are, in fact, critically important. There is wide belief, as well, that there are other important factors in creating quality reading instruction for all children.