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PALS-PreK Overview Administration & Scoring Training Ordering Questions & Answers What is PALS? Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening A measure of young children’s understanding of emergent literacy fundamentals

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  • Administration & Scoring
  • Training
  • Ordering
  • Questions & Answers
what is pals
What is PALS?

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening

  • A measure of young children’s understanding of emergent literacy fundamentals
  • A direct means of matching early literacy instruction to specific literacy needs
  • A means of recognizing those children who are relatively behind in their emergent literacy development
pals prek history
PALS-PreK History

Developed as part of the Virginia Preschool Initiative

2000 Original PALS-PreK released

2004 Revised PALS-PreK released

Administered to over 13,000 children in Virginia in each of the last two years

pals prek administration
PALS-PreK Administration
  • One-on-one, administered by teacher
  • Conducted Fall & Spring
  • Alphabet Knowledge section takes about 5-10 minutes per child
Teacher’s ManualChild PacketPrint and Word Awareness BookletBeginning Sound CardsChild Summary Sheet
teacher checklist of literacy practices
Teacher Checklist of Literacy Practices


  • Oral Language and Vocabulary
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Print functions and Units
  • Writing
  • Knowledge of the Alphabet
  • General Practices
pals prek tasks
PALS-PreK Tasks

Name Writing

Alphabet Knowledge

Upper-case Alphabet Recognition

Lower-case Alphabet Recognition

Letter Sounds

Beginning Sound Awareness

Print and Word Awareness

Rhyme Awareness

Nursery Rhyme Awareness

name writing

Score= 0



Name Writing

Maximum score = 7

alphabet knowledge
Alphabet Knowledge

Upper Case

Alphabet Recognition

Lower Case

Alphabet Recognition

Letter Sounds



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Alphabet Knowledge

Conditional Task Sequencing

16 or greater

9 or greater

15 or fewer

8 or fewer

  • Proceed to Beginning Sound Awareness Task
beginning sound awareness
Beginning Sound Awareness


  • Show the picture
  • Say what it is
  • Ask for the beginning sound
  • Score the item
  • Say the correct answer and
  • Sort the card
  • Do not administer Rhyme and Beginning Sound next to each other
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Beginning Sound Awareness


  • Score based on child’s first oral response
  • Letter sound OR letter name are both acceptable
  • If child gives letter name, use prompt in manual
print and word awareness
Print and Word Awareness
  • Natural book-reading format
  • Use script to ask questions as indicated
  • Administration and Scoring unique for each item
  • Materials management

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rhyme awareness
Rhyme Awareness
  • Do not administer Rhyme and Beginning Sound next to each other
nursery rhyme awareness
Nursery Rhyme Awareness
  • Administered orally
class summary sheet
Class Summary Sheet
  • Codes on page 12
  • Leave No Blanks
  • ‘NA’ is Not Administered
  • Score of zero means task WAS administered
  • Other must always be specified
  • Multiple race/ethnicity is other & must be specified
training to administer pals prek
Training to Administer PALS-PreK
  • Recommended that teachers administer
  • Prior to administration:
    • Read the Teacher’s Manual
    • Watch the PALS-PreK Assessment Training video
  • Directions for returning data
ordering pals prek materials
Ordering PALS-PreK Materials
  • Teacher Set ($55) – one needed for each administrator to screen 20 children in the fall and spring
  • Consumable Set ($15) – includes additional materials to screen 20 more children in the fall and spring
  • Assessment Training Video ($15)
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Ordering PALS-PreK Materials
  • Info on PALS website ( under “Order PALS”
  • Through the UVA Bookstore
  • Phone: (434) 924-1066
  • Fax: (434) 924-3284
  • Email:
activities for teachers
Activities for Teachers

PALS Web site Instructional resources