PALS is administered to students in grades K-3.  This year, students in grades 4-8 also participated in the assessment process. PALS is the state-provided screening tool for Virginia’s Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI). The purpose of the EIRI is to reduce the number of children with reading problems by detecting those problems early and providing research-based, small-group intervention. By screening students with PALS, we identify struggling readers. All students not meeting the Entry Level benchmark for their grade level receive intervention services in addition to their regular classroom instruction.

The PALS assessment is administered in the spring and fall for all students and mid-year for the students who did not meet the fall benchmark score.