Nearly all school systems in the Virginia use the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) assessment
to measure school readiness. PALS-K is a measure of children's knowledge of several important literacy fundamentals: phonological awareness, alphabet recognition, concept of word, knowledge of letter sounds and spelling. PALS-K provides a direct means of matching literacy instruction to specific literacy needs and provides a means of identifying those children who are relatively behind in their acquisition of these fundamental literacy skills.
The data are PALS-K administered in the fall. The fall PALS-K helps to measure children's literacy concepts before they enter school. Martinsville-Henry County's PALS-K scores for 2014-15 school year is as follows: Martinsville, 83.2 percent, and Henry County, 83.9 percent. To compare our community to other Virginia communities, go to Kids Count Data Center, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.