Wisconsin teachers use PALS to identify students at risk of developing reading difficulties, diagnose students’ knowledge of literacy fundamentals, monitor progress, and plan instruction that targets students’ needs. Student data collected from PALS provides a direct means of matching literacy instruction to specific literacy needs.
Districts have used PALS for six years in the state of Wisconsin.  It will be easy to carry on using the PALS early literacy instrument by signing up through CESA Purchasing.   Replacement of materials with the new binder format, ease of ordering, virtual PD, and data analytics components are just a few of the benefits. The PALS data allow districts to see not only current data, but longitudinal data and trends.

GREAT NEWS! We are extending a Teacher Set replenishment offer for districts who purchase through CESA Purchasing for the 2018-2019 school year! This means districts can order as if they are ordering for the first time: one teacher set for every 20 student licenses purchased!

PALS-PreK, PALS-K, and PALS Plus now come in binders that include BOTH Forms A and B. Bye bye, old boxes; hello, new binders!  

PALS español K and PALS español 1-3 will still come in Form A and Form B boxes, and can also be ordered one for every 20 student licenses purchased.

You need the newest PALS materials, Wisconsin, and we want you to have them! Take advantage as this is a one-time offer for the 2018-2019 school year.

In addition to this one time teacher set replacement, your CESA purchase allows you to  utilize the IO Insights Virtual Data Wall, gives you access to PALS training via live or recorded webinars AND an account at our PALS professional development website - all for no additional cost.

  • The IO Insights Virtual Data Wall is a data analytics tool that provides alternative ways to view your PALS data and your student information data.

  • You will be invited to PALS Professional Development sessions via live or recorded webinar, eliminating the need to send teachers out of the district to attend PALS PD training. Sessions will include Administration and Scoring (for new teachers),Using PALS Data to Drive Instruction, Monitoring Student Progress, Word Study, and other literacy-related topics.  We will add several new sessions to our menu for 2018-19 based on customer feedback.  

  • The PALS Professional Development website houses all of our online courses.  Your staff will have access to these valuable sessions anytime it fits your schedule.

o   Replacement of Teacher Set boxes with the new PALS Teacher Set binders. PALS-K and PALS Plus binders include both Forms A & B.  You will only be responsible for the shipping cost to your district.

o   Virtual PALS professional development via live or recorded webinars - to include Administration and Scoring, Using PALS Data to Drive Instruction, Concept of Word, Monitoring Student Progress, IO Insights Virtual Data Wall, and more. New sessions will be added in 2018-19.

o   IO Insights Virtual Data Wall:  A data analytics tool that includes a virtual data wall that will contain PALS data and your student information data, as well as reports not available in the PALS Online System.

o   Self-paced courses:  Unlimited use of the entire PALS library of PD courses found at (New courses are in development!)

o   Monthly topical webinars: Unlimited participation in monthly webinars (approx. 60 minutes)  relating to PALS and literacy development/instruction. Join live or view the recording at a later date.

o   Direct support from PALS Literacy Specialists:  Phone or email support with a Literacy Specialist to maximize use of PALS data analysis and reporting

o   Data Analytics support:  In-depth look at your PALS data with literacy specialists via phone or email

o   Telephone support:  Basic technical support questions to be answered by the PALS Customer Success team  

o   All PALS Online accounts for teachers and administrators

o   All reading resources that are housed in the online account:  Electronic Lesson Plans, Progress Monitoring Tools, instructional resources.

If you order by May 1, materials will arrive in early August. PALS materials may arrive in multiple shipments.

Consumable sets may be ordered as well. Typically, one consumable set per classroom is appropriate. PALS consumables are available for download in the PALS Online system. Districts that prefer to avoid shipping costs by printing their own materials are welcomed to do so. Teachers using the Item Level Score Entry option may choose not to use consumables.


IO Insights Virtual Data Wall is the most compelling learning analytics and personalized planning solution on the market. The easy-to-use platform allows everyone from teachers to administrators to visually analyze disparate data and identify students needing intervention. After using it to identify students needing support, you can quickly create, assign, manage, and monitor interventions using your PALS data and your student information data.
Both tools allow an analytical view of data. IO Insights Virtual Data Wall differs in that it is integrated directly with the PALS Online System and updated daily for much faster accessibility to your PALS data. With WISEdash, it takes several weeks after the close of the assessment window to integrate the data.

There is no need for districts to take any action to integrate SIS data into IO Insights. The student data file you supplied to set up your PALS Online accounts will be used to set up IO Insights Virtual Data Wall.

Topics will be based on your needs and chosen from the following:

  • PALS Administration and Scoring

  • How to Use PALS Data for Instruction in grades 4K, K, or 1-8

  • Progress Monitoring with PALS

  • How to Use PALS Electronic Lesson Plans

  • Concept of Word Instructional Framework

  • IO Insights Virtual Data Wall

  • Word Study   

  • Phonological Awareness

  • Oral Language

  • Supporting Comprehension

  • Districts will order PALS through CESA Purchasing from March through October 2018. Please order materials by May 1 to guarantee an August arrival. 

  • CESA Purchasing will invoice districts beginning in July. Districts will pay CESA Purchasing directly. 

  • Per DPI's announcement about literacy screeners, districts will receive reimbursement through DPI during the 2018-2019 school year (for specific reimbursement questions/dates, please contact Duane Dorn -


Contact and let PALS know you want to take advantage of the CESA Purchasing offer with value-added material replacement, virtual Professional Development, and IO Insights Virtual Data Wall. Then visit the CESA Purchasing website and follow the steps for ordering.

Orders can be sent to CESA Purchasing as early as March 5, 2018 and no later than October 30, 2018. You will need a purchase order number to process the online order. After placing the order, please email or fax the purchase order document to or 262.472.2269. Your purchase order should be addressed to: CESA Purchasing c/o CESA 2, Attn: Business Office, 1221 Innovation Drive, Whitewater, WI 53190.

ORDER BY MAY 1st, AND WE’LL GUARANTEE SHIPMENT OF MATERIALS ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 5TH! Payment can come before or after July 1; just get the order to us, so we can guarantee timely shipments.

We understand that all districts will be giving us approximate numbers for next year and that you will have students coming and going throughout the year. There may very well will be times when you are using more or less than the number of seats you requested.  You can use more or fewer than your prediction without having to pay or get refunded every time your enrollment changes.  At the end of the year, we’ll look back at your usage, and if you were consistently under the requested seats, we will adjust your numbers for the next school year.  The same would be true if you were consistently over the requested seats; we would recommend more seats for the following year.   We are not going to be preparing invoices for new students or giving credits for students that leave.  You will be allowed to add new students without contacting us.
All PALS materials will be shipped directly to your school district.  Shipping charges will be applied. Final charges will be dependent upon the quantity of materials ordered.
You will be invoiced by CESA 2, and you will pay them directly.
CESA Purchasing will send invoices to districts in July. Districts must remit payment to CESA Purchasing net 45 days of invoice, roughly by the end of August 2018.
Please contact CESA Purchasing via email or phone if you have questions regarding the purchasing process. Please contact Patty Ceranske at  262.473.1472 or and she'll be happy to answer your questions or to direct you to someone who can assist you.
Please contact the PALS support team at or 866-817-0726 ext. 6.
Please contact PALS Customer Support for questions about how to use the Virtual Data Wall.  Please contact  or 866-817-0726 ext. 6.
CESA Purchasing and PALS had interest in forming a partnership to give Wisconsin districts an opportunity to continue getting the same assessment and service to which they have become accustomed.  Being able to bring added value to the Premier package offers districts who sign up through CESA Purchasing an opportunity to get new materials, use a new data analytics product, and receive virtual PD at the convenience of their district.
Yes. PALS Premier will only be reimbursed by the state for grades 4K-2, but you can still order PALS for grades 3 and up through CESA Purchasing. The PALS Premier package for grades 3 and up will still include access to all PALS online PD and support.
Yes, you can order PALS español through CESA Purchasing.  The use of PALS will be reimbursed by the state for grades 4K-2, and PALS español for grades K-2 is included in that reimbursement.

PALS FAQs - Questions About PALS Implementation

Yes, although you can also create class lists manually with student records that already exist in the system from the previous year. The directions for either process can be found in your PALS Online account and at

As soon as your accounts are reactivated for the new school year and your class lists have been successfully created, your teachers can log in and look at history reports. Remember that the Back to School report will include Spring 2018 data to help plan for those first days of instruction.  

Your specialists and principals can also access the Data Download files from past years in their school- and district-level PALS Online accounts.  

As soon as we have processed your order, you will get an email with further directions for getting started for the current school year. For quicker implementation, be sure to include all information required on the order form.
PALS will contact you via email to announce virtual professional development and will supply links to register and participate.  Sessions will be recorded so you are able to access them when it is convenient for you and your staff.
Yes, you still have access to; however, you must create a new account there each school year using the registration code supplied in the “welcome back” email from PALS that will be sent to your PALS District Representative (often your DAC) upon reactivation of your district’s account.  You also have the option of viewing the Administration and Scoring tutorials right from your PALS Online account.