(Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening)


    During the months of September and October teachers will be giving the PALS assessment in grades 1-3 and kindergarten.  The information we gather from these assessments will show us the areas of strength and weakness in the students and help us to better plan our instruction for them.  If you would like more information on PALS assessment you can log onto their website at: www.pals.virginia.edu.  From the PALS website, parents can go into the Parents Corner via the Instructional Resources for lists of ideas, activities, and web links that can be done with children at home.


    (Developmental Reading Assessment)


    During the month of October, the teachers in grades 1-5 will administer the DRA2.  The DRA2 identifies the student’s independent reading level, their reading fluency, and comprehension of what was read.  In the upper grades, the DRA2 also requires a written response to the story.  With this information at hand, the teachers can provide informed instruction and present developmentally appropriate materials.