Materials and Updates

Purchasing

Each Teacher will need a Teacher Set binder in order to assess students. Kindergarten teachers also need the PALS-K Student Booklets included in the Consumable Sets. See the Ordering or Renewing PALS page for more information about how to get these.

Assessment Forms

PALS-K, PALS español (K and 1-3), and PALS Plus (grades 1-8) each provide alternative forms.

Form A and Form B are equivalent forms that assess the same skills, but use different test items.  For example, they both assess spelling, but use different words for the task.  The same form for the assessment should be used in both the fall and the spring. Many districts alternate between Form A and Form B from one school year to the next.  Forms A and B are both included in each Teacher Set binder that is shipped to you.

  • Most of our customers who alternate from Form A to Form B each year in grades K-8 are using Form B this year.  However, please confirm with your local PALS district representative the correct form to use.

Form C is the PALS Mid-Year assessment (English version only) for grades K-8 every year; it does not alternate.  Schools using PALS español may use the alternate form (ex: Form B if you used Form A in the fall) as the mid-year assessment.  The Form C Mid-Year assessment can be downloaded from the Materials pages for PALS-K and PALS Plus in your PALS Online account.

When you set your assessment date in the PALS Online System, you will be prompted to also select the assessment form.  Be sure to select the form that matches the Teacher Set you are using. Once scores have been entered, the form cannot be changed unless the scores entered for this window are deleted.

PALS-PreK has only one form for Fall, Mid-Year, and Spring.

PALS Consumables

PALS Consumable Sets include Student Score Sheets and Class Summary Sheets for teachers who want to write down scores by hand.  PALS-K also includes Spelling Sheets and Student Booklets which are required for assessment.  PALS Plus includes Spelling Sheets which may or may not be used for assessment (teachers may use blank paper instead for this task).

Print-friendly version of the PALS Consumables may be downloaded from any PALS Online account.  Alternatively, you may request that they be shipped to your school, for only the cost of shipping, for the number of student packages purchased.  Remember to use the consumable form (A or B) that matches the Teacher Set you are using.

Alternatively, you can skip the paper, and enter scores directly into the PALS Online System while you assess, and let the online system calculate the scores for you!

Updates to Materials

While the 2018 editions of the PALS assessments are presented in a new binder format with some revised introductory chapters, there have been no changes to benchmarks or to assessment items for 2018-19.

For customers using older assessment materials, a crosswalk document and downloadable replacement pages can be found in the Materials section of your PALS Online account.