PALS Mid-Year as a flexible tool

PALS Mid-Year is a more flexible tool than the fall and spring assessments, in that not all tasks have to be administered.  All features of the online system are functional during the mid-year window, but the system will not prompt required tasks during assessment, because technically no tasks are “required.”

However, if you are administering PALS Plus at mid-year and would like to see an IORL (instructional oral reading level) diagnosis and/or use the Grouping Function using mid-year data, you should include all of the tasks that were required in the fall, including spelling features, so that the system has enough data to do this.

    • Remember that to diagnose a student’s IORL, the system looks for a score for the reading passage that is equivalent to the highest word list on which the student can automatically recognize at least 15 words.
    • The PALS Online System will not require any certain tasks at mid-year.  All tasks will be considered optional by the online system, so an icon will appear next to a student’s name as soon as any task score is entered to indicate that the student has been assessed.  Please check reports to make sure that you have administered all chosen tasks.