The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS), an early literacy screener, is required throughout the State of Wisconsin for all 4K - 2nd grade public school students. This assessment is required to be administered to all students in the fall and spring of each school year.
The PALS screener provides administrators, teachers, and parents with valuable information necessary to improve the reading skills of students. Results are used to identify reading problems early on and to inform instruction. Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, the state will expand the PALS screener requirement to also include all 2nd grade students.
A brief document on PALS with additional information for parents is available online at: http://www.palswisconsin.info/parents.html.