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The essential cognitive elements of the reading process have been outlined in the Cognitive Framework of Reading. To assist educators in organizing their assessment practices around the cognitive framework, we've created a way to easily search for published early reading assessments that specifically test skills and knowledge outlined by the Cognitive Framework of Reading.

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This Assessment has already been added to your clipboard. Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening - K (PALS-K)

Author: Marcia Invernizzi, Connie Juel, Joanne Meier, and Linda Swank
Date Published: 2005

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University of Virginia


Cost $75.00 for materials to screen 25 students in the fall and spring and a assessment CD-ROM
Time to administer No time limits, but should be completed within a 2 week window
Administration Individual or Small Groups
Grades K
Cognitive elements
Cipher Knowledge
Letter Knowledge
Concepts About Print
Phonological Awareness
Subtests and
skills assessed
Rhyming — Student must match pictures of objects based on whether they rhyme or not.

Beginning Sound Awareness — Student must match pictures based on their initial sound (phoneme).

Lower-Case Alphabet Recognition — Student must correctly identify lower-case letters.

Letter-Sound Knowledge — Student must provide an appropriate sound (phoneme) that corresponds to each letter

Spelling — Student must correctly write simple 3-letter (CVC) words from dictation.

Concept of Word — Students learn a rhyme by heart, then read the rhyme aloud with the teacher. The student points to words while reading and identifies words that the teacher points out.

Word Identification in Isolation — Student must correctly identify regular words from a grade-appropriate list.
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Score reporting
and test design data
This is a criterion-referenced assessment; no normative data is provided. This assessment is given to students across the state of Virginia every year, and because of this, item and subtest analyses can be conducted every year on many thousands of kindergarten students (over 500,000 students at the time of this writing). Reliability and validity measures have been regularly gathered since 1997, and are well within expected ranges. Predictive validity measures have been conducted using the Stanford-9 (required of students in Virginia) as well as subsequent measures gathered using the PALS 1-3.
Notes A CD-ROM with test-administration training is provided with this assessment.

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