PALS Plus may be used with children in first through eighth grades to identify students at risk of reading difficulties and to determine instructional needs for all students, including diagnosis of instructional oral reading level, developmental spelling stage, and specific literacy skills to target for instruction. It is an extension of the assessment formerly known as PALS 1-3.
PALS Plus Helpful Documents
- PALS Plus Description of Tasks
- PALS Plus Materials Checklist
- PALS Plus Technical Reference
- See the PALS Instructional Resources and Reports page for a list of available reports for PALS Plus
The PALS Plus Benchmarks and Mid-Year Ranges Chart can be found in your PALS Online account on the Instructional Resources page and on the PALS Plus Materials page.
PALS Plus Administration and Scoring
Students’ scores on specific tasks are added together to create a summed score. This Summed Score is compared against a benchmark that represents minimum expectations for fall and for spring. If a student’s Summed Score is below the benchmark, PALS recommends that this student receive additional instruction in the specific literacy skill areas that need to be strengthened.
PALS Plus offers the option of ending assessment after achieving an Entry Level Summed Score (Entry Level tasks), rather than continuing with a full diagnostic assessment. Read more about score entry options here.
Please review your PALS Plus Teacher Set for detailed and step-by-step information about PALS Plus tasks and scoring.
NOTE: The High Benchmark Designation function previously offered as a tool for deciding whether 2nd-8th grade students should be exempt from screening is no longer available as of the 2017-18 school year. Schools/districts can establish their own criteria for exemption if they so choose; the PALS literacy specialists are available to you as informational support for this process, if needed.