PALS | Kenosha Unified School District


Assessment of Reading Readiness

Wis. Stats. 118.016 requires each pupil enrolled in 4-year-old kindergarten to 2nd grade in a school district or in a charter school to be annually assessed for reading readiness.  Kenosha Unified School District uses the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) to assess 4K to 2nd grade students in the district for reading readiness.

What is the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)?

Developed by reading researchers at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, PALS is a research-based assessment for classroom teachers to use with students. There are three main PALS assessments — PALS-PreK, PALS-K, and PALS Plus.

While the purposes for using PALS vary slightly across these three assessments, they all provide teachers with information about how students perform in fundamental reading skill areas that are predictive of a child’s achievement in reading. Teachers use PALS to gather information about each student’s strengths and needs in reading so instruction can be planned to best meet those needs and thus help each student make progress in his/her reading. Teachers use PALS to prevent reading problems before they occur, and to plan appropriate instruction for both grade-level readers and struggling readers.

When will my child be given PALS?

PALS is typically administered three times per school year: fall, mid-year, and spring.

How can I prepare my child for PALS assessment?

There is no need to prepare your child specifically for PALS. We encourage parents to read to their children and to spend time sharing books. These interactions help children develop important early literacy skills.

PALS Information for Parents

PALS Information for Staff