Alphabet Knowledge The teacher asks the child to name the 26 upper-case letters of the alphabet presented in random order. Rhyme Awareness The teacher shows the child pictures and names the object depicted in each one.
The assessment reflects skills that are predictive of future reading success and measures 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 is designed to be administered to four-year-olds in the fall of PreK in order to guide instruction during the year.
Sensitivity and specificity were not explicitly reported in the examiner manuals or technical reports reviewed. Children who know 16 or more upper-case letters also take the lower-case alphabet recognition task. The use of accurate, valid, and reliable screening tools several times throughout the early years can only help in the identification of those in need of monitoring, further intervention, or remediation.
A second administration in the spring of PreK serves to evaluate progress. Many of the assessments that did report predictive validity for preschoolers used the kindergarten level of the same assessment for its criterion measure.
The ability of a screening measure to accurately classify or identify students as at risk or not at risk for poor reading outcomes is a key component of the measure. Caution is suggested for using assessments without adequate predictive validity i.
However, failing to identify young children exhibiting delays in early literacy acquisition or lacking core literacy skills is a risky venture. Name writing is scored on a developmental continuum, ranging from scribbles to the use of mixed symbols to writing the entire name correctly.
Print and Word Awareness The teacher reads a familiar nursery rhyme printed in a book format and asks the child to point to various text components. Therefore, sensitivity accuracy in identifying at risk students who in fact later perform poorly on a future measure and specificity accuracy in identifying not at risk students who later perform positively on a measure are key aspects to consider in evaluating the validity and reliability of a screening measure for identifying students who are at risk for later reading problems.
Nursery Rhyme Awareness The teacher recites familiar nursery rhymes, stopping before the end so the child can supply the final rhyming word. The appropriate time to begin screening young children has been debated.
Evaluating the classification accuracy of early reading measures is complicated by the fact that many examiner manuals fail to include information about predictive validity, or classification accuracy Rathvon, SEDL Reading Resources Accurate identification of children who experience delays in attaining critical early literacy skills is needed to prevent reading problems.
This is a challenge we faced with this overview. Studies have demonstrated that reading problems become increasingly more resistant to intervention and treatment after the 3rd grade. In some cases the literature argues that for young children, screening of early literacy skills should occur before formal literacy instruction begins Badian,; Invernizzi et al.
Even when manuals and technical reports provided data from predictive validation studies, typically only correlation coefficients were presented as evidence. This is a limitation, in that the relationship between the screener and criterion measure does not provide the ability of the assessment to correctly classify individual children.
Children who know 9 or more lower-case letters are also asked to produce the sounds associated with the 23 letters and 3 consonant digraphs ch, sh, etc.
The assessments reviewed for this overview report correlation coefficients for scores on a criterion measure or between Time 1 and Time 2 administration of the assessment.
An early literacy screening tool for preschool- and kindergarten-age children needs to meet several important criteria:9/5/16 1 PALS-PreK Assessment: Administer, Score, and Score Entry Your UVa PALS-PreK Office Team This webinar is made possible by funding from the Virginia Department of Education.
Note. Information contained in table is on the assessments' screeners. All data are for the kindergarten level unless otherwise noted. *Denotes prediction validity for 2nd and 3rd grade level assessment.
I have to administer the whole assessment? PALS-PreK was designed to be administered as a complete assessment to provide teachers with a full picture of their students’ understandings of early literacy concepts.
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