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Acadience Reading Pre-K: PELI®

The Preschool Early Literacy Indicators (PELI) is a preschool literacy assessment for 3- to 5-year-olds that measures alphabet knowledge, vocabulary and oral language, phonological awareness, and listening comprehension.

Release of Acadience Reading Pre-K: PELI

The authors of the Acadience family of assessments are pleased to announce the full release of Acadience Reading Pre-K: PELI. For more details on how to access PELI materials, training and data management services, read our announcement.


The PELI is a storybook-embedded assessment of essential pre-literacy and oral language skills needed for kindergarten. The assessment is designed to identify children who are experiencing difficulties acquiring these skills with intent to provide the instructional support needed to improve future reading outcomes. The assessment is designed for preschool and pre-kindergarten students (ages 3-5). PELI measures alphabet knowledge, vocabulary and oral language, phonological awareness, and listening comprehension.

PELI Cooking with Mom

For an example of a PELI assessment, view this video
from Dr. Ruth Kaminski.

Watch the Video

The assessment is given in a storybook format that is familiar to most preschool students. Each alternate PELI form is designed around a central theme. Form titles include On the Farm, What's for Dinner, A Day at the Beach, Grandma's Birthday, A Trip to Outer Space, The New Pet, Time for Bed, and others. The measure is untimed and takes about 15 minutes to administer.

PELI assessments are:

individually administered
developmentally appropriate

Why Use PELI?

The purpose of PELI is to:

  • identify students who may be at risk for difficulties acquiring early literacy skills (universal screening);
  • help teachers identify skill areas to target instructional support;
  • help early childhood programs identify curricular needs at the system level;
  • monitor progress of students receiving additional, targeted early literacy instruction; and
  • examine the effectiveness of a program’s system of instructional supports.

PELI highlights:

  • PELI has been specifically designed to be used within an Outcomes-Driven Model of decision-making and is appropriate for use within a Response to Intervention service delivery model.
  • PELI forms are reliable and valid.
  • PELI benchmark goals are research based and define a level at which the odds are in the student’s favor of meeting later early literacy outcome goals.

How to Get PELI

PELI assessment materials are available for purchase in Classroom Kits that include everything needed to assess a classroom of up to 20 preschool children. You can find more information on ordering PELI materials by reading our announcement.

PELI Resources

PELI Fact Sheet
An overview of the PELI, which shows sample pages from the PELI books.


PELI Benchmark Goals and Composite Score
PELI benchmark goals are empirically derived, criterion-referenced target scores that
represent adequate early literacy progress for students in preschool.


PELI Sample Results Letter
A sample letter that can be used to discuss PELI results with parents and guardians.