Our Connection With PALS

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The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program and PALS, the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening, work in concert to provide a comprehensive picture of kindergarten readiness. PALS assesses literacy skills, while VKRP assesses mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills.

PALS provides a comprehensive assessment of young students' knowledge of the important literacy fundamentals that are predictive of future reading success. PALS is the state-provided screening tool for Virginia's Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI) and is used by 99% of school divisions in the state.

All VKRP assessments and resources are accessible to participating divisions via the PALS website using teachers' existing PALS login information. Teachers administer PALS-K as usual to assess students' literacy skills, and they also complete the VKRP assessments in the fall and spring. Learn more about the VKRP assessment measures and how the assessment process works.