PALS FAQs

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 five 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. Ease of ordering, virtual PD and data analytics components are just a few of the benefits. The PALS data allow districts to not only see current data, but longitudinal data and trends.

When renewing your PALS agreement through CESA Purchasing, you will be offered the use of our IO Insights Virtual Data Wall and virtual access to PALS training via live and recorded webinars and our PALS professional development website- all for no additional cost.

The IO Insights Virtual Data Wall is a data analytics tool. You will have access to PALS data and your student information data with this tool.  In addition, you will be invited to participate in PALS Professional Development sessions via live or recorded webinar. There is no need to send teachers out of the district to attend PALS PD training.

Sessions will range from Administration and Scoring (for new teachers), ,Using PALS Data to Drive Instruction,, Monitoring Student Progress, and other literacy and word study instruction-related topics.

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.

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 pd.casenex.com (New courses are in development!)

o   Monthly topical webinars: Unlimited participation in monthly, 60 minute, webinars relating to PALS and literacy development and instruction

o   Direct support from PALS Literacy Specialists:  Phone or email support with 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, reading resources

o   Replacement assessment materials as needed based on your original purchase

  • PALS Teacher Sets (the non-consumable parts) typically hold up for 3-5 years. Replacement orders should be for teacher sets that have been misplaced or are damaged beyond use.  In addition, you may order new teacher sets for new teachers or newly established classrooms.

  • 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 Online Assessment Wizard for score entry will not need consumables.

Materials will arrive in early August or sooner. PALS materials may arrive in multiple shipments.

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 predicting students needing support, 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 at 4K, K and First/Second Grades

  • 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 August 2017.

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

  • Per DPI’s announcement for the literacy screeners, districts will receive reimbursement through DPI during the 2017/2018 school year (for specific reimbursement questions/dates please contact Duane Dorn - Duane.Dorn@dpi.wi.gov).
Contact support@palshelp.com and let PALS know you want to take advantage of the CESA Purchasing offer with value-added virtual Professional Development and IO Insights Virtual Data Wall. Then visit the CESA Purchasing site and follow the steps for ordering.
Orders can be sent to CESA Purchasing as early as March 6, 2017 and no later than September 30, 2017. You will need a purchase order number to process the on-line order. After placing the order please email or fax the purchase order document to marlene.gerstner@cesa2.org 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.
We understand that all districts will be giving us approximate numbers for next year and you will have students coming and going throughout the year. There 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 nor giving credits for students that leave.  You will be allowed to add new students without contacting us.
If you need to order PALS Teacher Sets or Consumable Sets they 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 2017.
Please contact CESA Purchasing via email or phone if you have questions regarding the purchasing process. Please contact Patty Ceranske at our front desk and she’ll be happy to answer your questions or direct you to someone who can assist you. Patty can be reached at 1.262.473.1473 or patty.ceranske@cesa2.org.
Please contact the PALS support team at support@palshelp.com or 866-817-0726 ext. 6
Please contact PALS representatives for questions on how to utilize the Virtual Data Wall.  Please contact support@palshelp.com  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 they have become accustomed to for the past 5 years.  Being able to bring added value to the Premier package offers districts (who sign up through CESA Purchasing) an opportunity to use a new data analytics product and receive virtual PD in 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 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, the URL for the site is www.palsk8.com.   PALS is launching a whole new look for the  Online System this summer! Be on the lookout for introductory trainings this August  to introduce you to our new and improved PALS experience.
Yes. The directions can be found in your PALS Online account. Instructions will also be posted at www.palsresource.info.

As soon as your accounts are reactivated for the new school year and your file is successfully uploaded, your teachers can log in and look at history reports. Remember  the Back to School report will include spring 2017 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.
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 predicting students needing support, quickly create, assign, manage, and monitor interventions using your PALS data and your student information data.
Yes, you still have access to pd.casenex.com, however you must create a new account using the registration code supplied in your welcome back email from PALS.   The code will be  sent to the PALS District Representative (often your DAC) upon account creation.   You also have the option of viewing the Administration and Scoring tutorials right from your PALS Online account.