What’s New for PALS?

We’re excited to announce the following recently-added features in the PALS Online System:

Improvements for district & school administrators!

  • The Division Home Page has been slightly reorganized to make things easier to find and navigate.

  • Preset the assessment form for your entire district!  District representatives can now ensure that every teacher enters scores using the correct form by setting the required form on the “Manage Division” page.  See instructions here.
  • Need to change the Student Information Number for a student who has the wrong number?  District representatives can now edit this manually on the Manage Students page.  See instructions here.
  • New features and faster data retrieval in Manage Students:

  • Virginia customers who need to upload historical data for their students in grades 4-8 can submit files downloaded from the UVA PALS Online System for PreK-3, to be added to student records that you’ve added to our online system for assessment in grades 4-8.  Email us at support@palshelp.com for more information.

Improvements to score entry processes and Quick Checks!

  • YOU’RE GONNA LOVE THIS ONE, READING SPECIALISTS AND COACHES!:  Any PALS Plus task already administered, even if it was an optional task, appears in the “Diagnostic Tasks” section of the Task List after scores were entered to make it clear what tasks have been given.
  • When administering PALS Plus reading passages, when the rate or comprehension score is too low for that instructional level, an arrow icon with a pop-up appears on the task list:

  • The name of the student you are assessing now appears in the cookies at the top of the page, to help you keep track:

  • The prompt for administering the eWRI version of the Word Recognition in Isolation task now shows after you click “Continue.”
  • Quick Scoring and Regular Scoring options can now be used on different tasks for the same student without any issues.  Example:  A kindergarten teacher may enter just the total score for Group Rhyme Awareness using Quick Scoring, but item level data for Lowercase Alphabet Recognition and Letter Sounds tasks, to be able to speed up score entry while still getting item level alphabet knowledge reports.
  • A “shortcut” icon links you to the materials for each Quick Check and to the Quick Checks reports on the task list page:

NEW REPORTS and links to parent activities!

  • New Report!  The Student Portfolio report combines all of the individual student reports into one handy PDF, so you can print what you need for that parent conference or IEP meeting in one click!
  • New Report!  The PALS-PreK District/School Progress Per Task reports help district and school administrators analyze progress across the year for each fundamental literacy skill assessed in your preschool program.

  • New Report!  The 1-3 Spelling Feature Scores for students in grade 4-8 who are administered this as an optional task can now be analyzed to determine what Letter Name features may still need to be taught.

  • New Report!  The Student Summary of Comments & Observations report shows any comments entered by any teacher for any task during fall, mid-year, and spring for each student.  

Improvements to existing reports and links to parent activities!

  • We heard your suggestions, and printing your Class Summary report now results in an easier-to-read version.
  • Speaking of the Class Summary report, you can now sort each column simply by clicking on the heading.
  • Scores for students who were assessed using Nonstandard score entry are now displayed at the bottom of the Class Summary report to help teachers include these students in their instructional planning:

  • The PreK Program Summary report is now called the PreK District Summary report.  The PreK Site Summary report is now called the PreK School Summary report.
  • The English Assessments in Progress report has been revised to be easier to interpret and use:

  • Parent Activities to support literacy development at home were added in the spring to the Instructional Resources page.

What’s not changing?

  • Our pricing remains the same for 2018-19!
  • Quick Scoring (formerly Traditional Score Entry) is still available and ready for use by teachers who do not need item-level reports.