If a student reaches the Summed Score benchmark, does that mean s/he is on grade level?

Meeting PALS benchmarks, either the Summed Score or individual task benchmarks, does not guarantee a student will grow and be successful in reading. It does not mean the student is “on grade level” or will be at grade level by the end of the school year. It just means the student has the basic skills s/he needs at that point to continue learning to read if the student is provided with developmentally-appropriate literacy instruction in the classroom.