What’s New for PALS in 2020?

New resources for navigating the COVID19 era

Coming soon:  We will be providing materials online to support schools administering PALS fall assessment task items remotely.  

  • This is a nonstandard form of PALS assessment; however, new features are being added to the PALS Online System to help schools make the most of what administration methods and data are available during times when remote learning and assessment is required. 
  • Look for updates to appear soon on the PALS Online login page and on the COVID19 Resources tile in your PALS Online account.

We’ve added the following resources so far, and will continue to develop more as we receive feedback about your needs and what’s working best for schools:

  • This page on the PALS Resource Center, which includes a link to “Using PALS in Fall 2020:  Alternative Scenarios and Options.”
    • This document will be updated soon to include additional options for administering fall screening tasks remotely.
  • A new tile in your PALS Online account, called COVID19 Resources, which provides:

    • materials and instructions to support remote administration of PALS tasks,
    • a description of the new Nonstandard option (see below)
    • links to pages about specific literacy skills,
    • new resources as we develop them throughout the year, and
    • links to surveys to determine your current and ongoing needs.

Nonstandard option added for administration in quarantine situations

For students who do not have a disability, but for whom nonstandard administration becomes necessary due to a quarantine environment, change “None” under “Disability / Quarantine Status” to “None – Quarantine Administration.”  This will subsequently allow the selection of “Nonstandard Administration” to be selected.

It will also alert administrators viewing the data files that PALS tasks may have been administered in a nonstandard way, such as virtually and/or with only certain tasks selected to administer.

Note that when this option is used, PALS scores can help teachers evaluate progress and plan instruction that targets necessary literacy skill areas, rather than screen for “at-risk for reading difficulty” status, which requires adherence to standard administration protocols.

New column in data files for administrators

An update has been made to the downloadable .csv data files for PALS Plus (grades 1-8), which are available to administrators on both the district and school levels. 

  • You will now see a column that lists the name of a student’s Instructional Oral Reading Level, in addition to the column that contains the code for that level. 
  • The new column is labeled INSRLNM, or Instructional Level Name.

This new column will enable you to more easily identify the instructional levels of your students.  Teachers and reading specialists often use this data to determine what reading materials are most accessible to students when given instructional support.

PALS Instructional Resources easier viewing

Can’t remember what’s at the end of each link for the many resources provided on your Instructional Resources tile?  We’ve added an image of each PDF to the links available, so teachers and literacy coaches can find what they need quickly for planning effective instruction using current reading and spelling data.

PALS Progress Per Task report is now available to school administrators!

This report is now available for all grades for school-level users!  

From your School Home Page, click on the School Reports –> Assessment Results – Current Window –> PALS School Progress Per Task report.

This report provides a description of each task as well as the following data points where relevant, for each task, across all three PALS assessment windows– Fall, Mid-Year, and Spring.

Our order process just got easier!

You now have the option of signing your PALS Client Order using DocuSign!

Email us at support@palshelp.com to request the DocuSign option, in lieu of sending us a purchase order.

Coming soon:  Automatic upload of PALS data into eduCLIMBER!

For school districts who use both PALS and eduCLIMBER for visualizing data from multiple sources, we’re making it easier for you!  You will no longer have to manually download data files and then upload the files to the Illuminate eduCLIMBER platform, as this upload will occur automatically every 24 hours.

Coming soon:  PALS Quick Check Reports are getting a makeover!

The PALS Quick Check Class Report is being replaced by a new version for each skill that includes a description of the task, the maximum score, and each student’s score and the date administered for each progress monitoring checkpoint.  Check out the new reports currently available for Letter Sounds and K Spelling, and look for the new versions for other skills to be released soon!