The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) assessments include a battery that span early childhood through the early school years and its use is provided to all educators in Virginia public schools under a partnership grant between the University of Virginia/PALS Office and the Virginia Department of Education.
The PALS-PreK assessment is used within publicly funded preschool classrooms to guide classroom support to children’s literacy development. This tool offers educators a point of information about young children’s learning that supports the transition from the early childhood education system to the K-12 system and entry into kindergarten.
The PALS-K and PALS 1-3 assessments are screening tools used across 131 of 132 school divisions in Virginia for the early detection of reading difficulties. Results from PALS-K and PALS 1-3 assessments bring visibility to children’s need for instructional support and intervention and guide the allocation of state intervention dollars for those children most at-risk, under the Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI).
The PALS-K assessment is also used the literacy component of the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Project (see more here).
The UVA PALS Office supports educators in administration, data-use, and access to additional resources, leading the data collection, data management, and data analysis across three assessment windows per year, preschool through third grade.
Visit the PALS Web site at https://pals.virginia.edu