1st Test (September)
The state requires that a pre-K readiness assessment be administered in the first 45 days and last 45 days of a publicly-funded 4K program. Greenville County Schools has chosen to use Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS), a formative assessment individually administered by teachers to 4K students. It measures preschoolers’ developing knowledge of important fundamentals in literacy skills: name-writing ability, upper-case and lower-case alphabet recognition, letter sound and beginning sound production, print and word awareness, rhyme awareness, and nursery rhyme awareness. The assessment reflects skills that are predictive of future reading success and offers guidance to teachers for tailoring instruction to children’s specific needs. The assessment is administered three times a year. For more information, visit the South Carolina Department of Education and the PALS Resource Center.