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Literacy Screening and Assessment from PreK through Middle School

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Used by educators nationwide, PALS provides comprehensive literacy assessment that includes screening, diagnosis, and progress monitoring tools for measuring the fundamental components of literacy in English and Spanish. PALS gives teachers the information necessary to provide instruction that improves their students’ chances of future reading success.

Benefits

Measure and monitor children’s knowledge of grade-level literacy fundamentals from Pre-K through 8

Designed to identify students in need of additional reading instruction

Informs teachers’ instruction by providing explicit information about their students’ knowledge of literacy fundamentals

Online system provides resources for planning and conducting instruction

Mid-year forms and PALS Quick Checks allow for ongoing student progress monitoring throughout the year

Identify students’ literacy strengths in their native Spanish language in order to accelerate English reading and spelling development

Features

Printed and digital assessment materials

  • Research-based assessments with strong technical adequacy
  • Printed teacher set
  • Printed student materials
  • PALS consists of five instruments: PALS-PreK for preschool students), PALS-K and PALS español K for kindergartners,PALS español 1-3 for students in grades 1-3, and PALS Plus for students in grades 1-8
  • Midyear assessment options available
  • PALS Quick Checks for student progress monitoring throughout the year

Online score entry and reporting

  • Online tools to examine, organize, and monitor PALS assessment data
  • Fast and efficient score entry
  • Detailed reporting for screening, diagnosis, and progress monitoring
  • Reports available at student, classroom, school and district levels
  • Additional progress monitoring assessments
  • Resources for grouping and planning instruction (electronic lesson plans)
  • Replaces the need for print consumable

iPad app for mobile assessment

  • Mirrors functionality online assessment tools
  • Fast native app with easy to use buttons and controls
  • Automatic synchronization of data to PALS Online Score Entry & Reporting System
  • iOS app available on the iTunes store

Pre-Kindergarten assessment (PALS-PreK)

  • Measures preschoolers’ developing knowledge of important literacy fundamentals
  • Measure name writing, beginning sound awareness, print and word awareness, rhyme and nursery rhyme awareness, and alphabet knowledge
  • Identify children’s strengths and areas that may require more direct attention
  • Administered to four-year-olds in the fall of PreK in order to guide instruction during the year
  • A second administration in the spring of PreK serves to evaluate progress

Kindergarten assessment (PALS-K)

  • Measure children’s knowledge of several important literacy fundamentals: rhyme awareness, beginning sound awareness, alphabet knowledge, letter sounds, spelling, concept of word, and word recognition in isolation
  • Match literacy instruction to specific literacy needs
  • Identify children who are relatively behind in their acquisition of fundamental literacy skills
  • Score comparison with benchmarks

Grades 1-8 assessment (PALSPlus)

  • Used with children in grades 1-8 as a screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring tool
  • Tasks included in PALS Plus provide explicit information and model strong literacy instruction
  • Screen and identify students in need of additional instruction based on their Entry Level task scores
  • Diagnose specific skill strengths and deficits
  • Subsequent tasks can be administered for diagnosis of instructional oral reading level
  • Entry level tasks include spelling and word recognition in isolation
  • Other tasks include oral reading (fluency, rate, accuracy, comprehension), alphabet recognition, letter sounds, concept of word, blending, and segmenting
  • Score comparison with benchmarks

Kindergarten Spanish assessment (PALS español K)

  • Measures children's developing knowledge of the fundamental components of Spanish literacy
  • Assesses phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, letter-sound knowledge, and concept of word in text
  • PALS español K tasks are authentic Spanish literacy measures, developed to parallel English PALS tasks
  • Identifies students’ literacy strengths in their native Spanish language
  • Individualize instruction to accelerate reading development in both English and Spanish
  • Identify students with reading difficulties without waiting until they are proficient enough to be assessed in English
  • Score comparison with benchmarks

Grades 1-3 Spanish assessment (PALS español 1-3)

  • Measures children's developing knowledge of the fundamental components of Spanish literacy in first through third grades
  • PALS español 1-3 assesses word knowledge (including spelling), oral reading (accuracy, comprehension, rate, and fluency), alphabet knowledge, letter-sound knowledge, and phonemic awareness
  • PALS español 1-3 includes authentic Spanish literacy measures, developed to parallel English PALS tasks
  • Identifies students’ literacy strengths in their native Spanish language
  • Individualize instruction to accelerate reading development in both English and Spanish
  • Identify students with reading difficulties without waiting until they are proficient enough to be assessed in English
  • Score comparison with benchmarks
Bernadette Halloran | Literacy Coach
La Causa Charter School

The data we get from PALS has been invaluable in helping us plan differentiated instruction and your online access to all teachers and student data has been a great help to me as the site administrator in planning professional development.

Molly Tomsick | Teacher
Campbell Elementary, RE1 Valley, CO

PALS is vital to my daily instruction for my struggling readers. I am able to pinpoint exactly which phonics features that my students need individually using the teacher-friendly reports. The Quick Checks allow me to monitor their progress and adjust instruction as needed.

Kim Dorman | K-2 Instructional Coach
Shenandoah County Public Schools

PALS not only makes sense to teachers, it is based on a half-century of research. What a valuable tool for schools in that it allows them to follow students from year to year and see the growth that is achieved, and it also allows schools to see needs or holes in instruction.

Julie Kokes | Teacher
Campbell Elementary, RE1 Valley, CO

Approaching grade-level readers typically have holes in their phonics and word knowledge that prevents them from fluently reading and writing texts. PALS data allows me to analyze their strengths and weaknesses to plan spelling-phonics instruction that they are using but confusing. Student growth is tremendous for this group, and I easily see the transfer of these skills to their independent reading and writing.