Quick Scoring has replaced Traditional Score Entry!

Below are some helpful tips for using the new feature.

How do I access Quick Scoring?

Click on the blue Quick Scoring button at the top right of the assessment task list.

Enter all of your scores in the boxes that appear. The green SAVE button will light up and become clickable once scores are entered. Don’t forget to click SAVE after you have entered scores.

What is the difference between Quick Scoring and Item-Level Scoring?

Quick Scoring is a new and improved version of Traditional Score Entry. Item-Level is what we referred to as the Online Assessment Wizard. It is called Item-Level because it gives the most detailed item-level scores you can get out of PALS. Item-Level also provides more information and has a few of its own reports.

Can I use both Quick Scoring (Traditional) and Item-Level (Wizard) Scoring?

This feature is in development. We are working to make it so you can switch back and forth while entering scores for one student. For now, choose one or the other score entry type and stick with it.

On the other hand, you can choose Quick Scoring for one student and Item-Level for another. It is just when entering scores for one student, you should not switch back and forth.

What happens if I enter a score incorrectly? Can I change it?

Yes! Click on the blue Quick Scoring button. You will notice little Xs next to the scores. Click the X next to the score you want to change.

A warning about changing scores will pop up. Read and click accordingly.

Enter the new score. The box that was changed will show a yellow highlight. Click Save. Voila!


Is changing the scores for one task in Quick Scoring the same as deleting the scores?

No. You can only change scores using Quick Scoring at this time. It will not currently allow an empty field to be saved when trying to change the score.

So, how do I delete a student’s scores permanently for ths assessment window?

You can delete scores on your Student List page. Go to your home screen. Click the Student List tile. Select the student. Click on Delete Scores. Select which scores you want to delete. (This dropdown is necessary for districts who are assessing in both English and Spanish.) At this time, it is not possible to delete scores for an individual task.


Should I enter all of the fields for the Oral Reading in Context task?

Absolutely. The system will not save the Quick Scores unless all fields are populated. For Oral Reading in Context, remember that you need:

*Note that this is slightly different than in the past, when you entered the number of errors.

With Traditional Score Entry, sometimes I thought I had administered all tasks, and I didn’t find out that I forgot one until I went to reports and found that not all students had a an instructional oral reading level. Is Quick Scoring different?

Yes! It’s true that with Traditional, there was no prompting to administer additional word lists or passages to complete diagnostic tasks. The great thing about Quick Scoring is that if you want to stop at Screening, you still can.

If you want to be guided through the entire Diagnostic portion, the system will show you what to do next. If you see “In Progress” to the right of the Diagnostic tasks, that means you need to enter more data to get a reading level.

Once you save your scores using Quick Scoring, the task list page will update to show whether Screening and Diagnostic Tasks have “Not Started,” are “In Progress,” or are “Completed.” You can track your progress each time you click SAVE when using Quick Scoring. Just remember that to get back into Quick Scoring, you click the blue Quick Scoring button.

How can I be sure that I’ve entered my spelling scores correctly?

Great question! Entering spelling scores for PALS Plus is easy, but there a few things you should know. Let’s start with spelling for grades 1-3, then for 4-8.

Entering Spelling Scores for Grades 1-3.

When you click on the blue Quick Scoring button, the boxes will appear for individual features, total words correct and total score.

Enter the Feature scores and Words Correct scores first. The total score will automatically calculate! Remember to click Save.


  1. Only the features within each grade level portion of the list are calculated into the total score. If you choose to go further than the first grade list for a first grader, only required words will show up in the total score. The same thing will occur if you are assessing a second grader and choose to give the third grade words. This is so you can accurately compare scores to benchmarks.
  2. In order to use the grouping function after using Quick Scoring, you must enter feature scores.

Entering Spelling Scores for Grades 4-8

All of the same rules apply for entering scores for grades 4-8 using Quick Scoring that are needed for 1-3, with one exception: the Assumed Letter Name Score. When PALS was developed, the data showed that enough students in grades 4-8 mastered early features to allow a “constant” score. The Assumed Letter Name Score for the grade you’re assessing will automatically be calculated into the Total Spelling Score.

Once Feature Scores and Words Correct are entered, the Total Spelling Score will automatically be calcluated.

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