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.

PELI Early Release

Dynamic Measurement Group is pleased to announce that the early release version of PELI will continue to be available for the 2018-2019 school year.

For a printer-friendly overview of the PELI with sample materials, download
our PELI Fact Sheet.


The Preschool Early Literacy Indicator (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, phonemic 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 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 10-15 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.

PELI Resources

PELI Early Release 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.