Presentation on theme: "Wisconsin’s New Kindergarten Screener A training for the administration and scoring of the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screener."— Presentation transcript:
Wisconsin’s New Kindergarten Screener A training for the administration and scoring of the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screener
PALS Background Wisconsin Act 166 requires that an early literacy screener be administered to all kindergarten students beginning in 2012-13 DPI was charged with selecting a screener that met these criteria: ▫Is valid and reliable ▫Assesses phonemic awareness and letter sound knowledge PALS was selected to provide educators with helpful information to guide instruction
Kindergarten Screener Fall window October 15 ---- November 9 (data due Nov. 21) Winter window (optional) January 7 ---- February 1 (data due Feb. 15) Spring window April 29 ---- May 24 (data due June 7)
The link between PALS subtests and reading achievement The following four core literacy skills are most predictive of reading achievement (Justice, 2002) Phonological awareness or the ability to identify and manipulate sounds Alphabet knowledge Concept of word Letter naming and letter sounds
PALS Connections to Wisconsin Initiatives Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards Response to Intervention
PALS Connections to the Standards The PALS subtests are representative of the understandings, knowledge and skills identified in the: ▫ Reading Foundational Skills – Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (CCSS) ▫ Early Literacy Standards - Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS)
Reading Standards: Foundational Skills for Kindergarten Print Concepts Phonological Awareness Phonics and Word Recognition Fluency
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards: Early Literacy Developmental Domain: Language Development and Communication Performance Standards Develops alphabetic awareness (C.EL.2) Develops phonological awareness (C.EL.3a) Develops phonemic awareness (C.EL.3b) Demonstrates the use of strategies to read words (C.EL.4)
PALS Connections to Response to Intervention (RtI) PALS meets the definition of a universal screener within an RtI framework: – A screener is an assessment given as one part of the screening process to establish a baseline from which students are beginning and to align the instructional starting point to student need. – Universal screening data can be examined to determine if a change in core curriculum and instruction is needed. – Data from the universal screening process are used to make decisions about interventions and additional challenges.
PALS and Response to Intervention Collaboration High Quality Instruction Balanced Assessment Culturally Responsive Practices
PALS Implications for School Literacy Teams and Data Teams Review data as a team (principals, classroom teachers, reading specialists and reading teachers, special education teachers, ELL teachers, school psychologists, speech and language teachers) following the fall and spring administration Develop a plan for progress monitoring for students with areas of deficit or strength Share PALS assessment information regularly
Think-Pair-Share Discuss with a partner how you see PALS fitting into your current instruction and assessment plan at the kindergarten level.
Other Parent Communication Hints Plan to share results from the fall administration at parent-teacher conferences On-line module is being prepared that will assist teachers with interpreting student results
Other PALS Resources PALS Quick Checks Used to monitor student progress on targeted literacy skill acquisition areas and gauge response to instruction and/or intervention Available in the areas of: ▫Alphabet Recognition ▫Letter Sounds ▫Beginning Sound Production ▫Concept of Word ▫K Spelling
PALS Quick Checks Recommended to be administered only once every two weeks Available as PDF files through the Online Score Entry and Reporting System account
Additional PALS Professional Development and Support Using PALS to Drive Instruction module Online instructional strategies and lesson plans Early Literacy Courses for teachers (Optional)
PALS Summary Things to Remember View the 6 fifteen-minute professional development modules by October 1 Share the Parent brochure prior to the fall administration Administer PALS in the fall and spring Fall Administration Window: Oct. 15-Nov. 9 Spring Administration Window: April 29-May 24 ***choose a consecutive two week window within these administration windows.
PALS Resources and Support PALS Wisconsin Resource Center http://www.palswisconsin.info/ PALS Toll-Free Hotline for District Assessment Coordinators: (888)728-7257) PALS E-Mail Hotline for all teachers and District Assessment Coordinators: firstname.lastname@example.org@palshelp.com