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Subject: Compliance with Kindergarten Reading Assessment Data Submission (TEC §28.006)

Pursuant to Texas Education Code (TEC) §28.006 (Reading Diagnosis) the superintendent, or a designee, of each school district and open-enrollment charter school is required to electronically report each kindergarten student's raw score on kindergarten beginning of the year (BOY) reading instruments each year.

The kindergarten data collected under this provision are used to evaluate the effectiveness of prekindergarten programs and certain federal or government-subsidized child care and education programs under the Kindergarten Readiness System (KRS) formerly known as the School Readiness Certification System (SRCS). School districts and open-enrollment charter schools use the FERPA-compliant web-based reporting system.

Districts administering one of the reading assessments below will be required to provide data electronically. Please note the newly added assessments below that are now compatible with the system:


· Tejas LEE





Newly added for 2012-2013:



· Childrenâs Progress Academic Assessment(CPAA)

· Diagnostic Assessments of Reading, 2nd Edition(DAR-2)

· Fox in a Box

· ISIP⢠Español Assessment

· Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening(PALS)

· STAR Reading Enterprise

· Vital Indicators of Progress(VIP)

The system will be available for data entry and registration beginning September 17, 2012 and continuing through December 14, 2012. After that time TEA or its representatives will be in contact with districts with registered users to finalize data if necessary.

This video describes how the Children's Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) was developed and how it works. This language is their language.

This award-winning assessment is available for schools, districts and state agencies

Progress sells the CPAA
(1) directly on its website
and (2) through distribution agreements with
Pearson, Measured Progress, Kaplan Early
Learning, the Early Childcare franchise, and
Goddard Systems. Children's Progress also has a
development partnership and distribution
agreement with ERB. As of 2011, the CPAA is in
use in more than 1,200 schools in 40 states (and
internationally), including grade schools across
the state of Mississippi and schools in cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The product renewal rate is maintained at 92%.


PALS and the Texas Commissioner's List
PALS Named to the Commissioner's List of Reading Instruments for the State of Texas

Charlottesville, VA -- The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) has been named to the list of reading instruments adopted by the Texas Commissioner of Education for grades PreK-Grade 3. This distinction recognizes PALS as meeting the state's reading diagnostic criteria, specifically as an instrument that is based on valid and reliable scientific research and measures appropriate grade-level literacy skills.

As evidenced by inclusion on the commissioner's list, PALS meets or exceeds the fundamental requirements used in developing recommendations for school districts through its following capabilities:

  • provides targeted screening, diagnostics, and progress monitoring for use in the Pre-K-Grade 3 level;

  • helps teachers isolate a student's literacy needs among specified skills and tasks by providing a score for each domain assessed;

  • enables teachers to administer the assessment to each individual student

  • designed to be administered and interpreted by classroom teachers;

  • meets the stateâs technical requirements for criterion-referenced assessments;

  • exceeds established standards of adequate reliability, including consistent test-retest and inter-rater reliability

  • effectively measures the important precursors and fundamental components to literacy which provides a high classification accuracy in identifying students as âat risk for reading difficultyâ and ânot at risk for reading difficultyâ

  • PALS was developed by Marcia Invernizzi, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education in response to the Commonwealth of Virginiaâs Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI). PALS has remained as the universal screening tool for Virginia public schools for over 15 years and is utilized in all 50 states, as well as many foreign countries, for early identification and intervention. PALS-K was recently mandated as the universal screening tool for the state of Wisconsin for Kindergarten students.
    For more information about PALS, including specific material on how PALS meets the criteria and standards of the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program, contact Roxanna Pautienus, Marketing, PALS Marketplace â a Division of CaseNEX.

    PALS assessments, Online Score Entry & Reporting System and Professional Development can be purchased through PALS Marketplace at .http://www.palsmarketplace.com

    — Press Releases





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