2022 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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VDOE - Phonological Awareness Literacy Screen Plus (Grades 1-3)

Item 129 #5h

Item 129 #5h

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Department of Education, Central Office Operations FY2023 $650,000 FY2024 $875,000 GF

Page 118, line 30, strike "$287,435,986" and insert "$288,085,986".
Page 118, line 30, strike "$292,005,386" and insert "$292,880,386".

Page 119, line 46, strike "$2,777,000" and "$2,777,000" and insert:

"$3,427,000" and "$3,652,000".

Page 120, after line 24, insert:

"I. Of this amount, $650,000 the first year and $875,000 the second year from the general fund is provided through the Department of Education to the University of Virginia in partnership with the Department and school divisions to develop an expansion of the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening Plus (PALS +) for assessment in literacy, math, social skills and self-regulation in grades one, two and three to help teachers, parents and divisions identify students' strengths, deficiencies and support student growth longitudinally. A pilot of the expanded PALS assessment shall be implemented in the 2023-2024 school year, and the Department shall report on the status of the pilot to the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees no later than October 1, 2023."


(This amendment provides $650,000 the first year and $875,000 the second year from the general fund to support development of a pilot expansion of the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program assessment to grades 1-3, to be known as PALS +. The assessment is currently designed only to be administered to preschoolers and kindergartners.)