About PALS Assessments

Early literacy screening is the key to providing effective literacy instruction and preventing future reading problems. The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) provides a comprehensive assessment of young children’s knowledge of the important literacy fundamentals that are predictive of future reading success.

Click on the links below, or select from the drop down menu above, to learn more about any of the PALS assessments:

PALS-PreK for children in preschool*

PALS-K for kindergarten students

PALS español K for kindergarten students whose native language is Spanish

PALS Plus for students in grades 1-8

PALS español 1-3 for students in grades 1-3 whose native language is Spanish

PALS Mid-Year (Form C), for progress monitoring using tasks equivalent to those administered in fall and spring

PALS Quick Checks, for progress monitoring of specific skills that have been targeted for intervention instruction

*PALS español PreK is expected to be released in 2019.

A Brief History of PALS and PALS español

The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) was developed by Marcia Invernizzi, Ph.D., and colleagues over a decade ago at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education through Virginia’s Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI). Since 1997, PALS has served as the universal screening tool for Virginia and is now used in all 50 states, as well as in many foreign countries, for early identification and intervention.

The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening in Spanish (PALS español) was developed by Dr. Karen Ford and colleages at the University of Virginia.  PALS español tasks are parallel to English PALS tasks, but are NOT translations.  The goal of PALS español is to provide Spanish-speaking children in the United States equal access to an effective, research-based literacy assessment and intervention.

Our PALS office, a division of IO Education LLC, and now of Illuminate Education, was developed to extend our mission to reduce the number of children with reading problems through early detection and to provide instructional resources. Research and development of PALS and PALS español continues with the University of Virginia.