The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System (formerly known as C-PALLS+), is a user-friendly, technology-driven tool that enables a teacher to quickly assess a child’s progress in a particular skill area. This simple yet reliable data collection prompts teachers to focus on lessons that target their students’ least developed skills.
The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System:
We recognize that data reports should be easily accessible, quickly digestible, and provide multiple perspectives. The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System’s reporting features provide snapshots of student skill levels at the individual, group, class, school, and even district levels. The reports use clear visual indicators to flag students below established benchmarks. Finally, student grouping features and links to recommended activities automatically provide the teacher with the first steps in beginning small group instruction that targets specific skill areas.
Families are valuable sources of information on children’s skill development. These forms align with the learning domains of the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System and can be used in children’s portfolios to provide a full picture of children’s development. Download family forms here.
Evaluates ability to name letters within a timed format (60 seconds of stimulus).
Students are given 12 letters and asked to make their corresponding sounds.
Evaluates a student's ability to detect and manipulate sounds in spoken language across 7 sub-measures.
Students provide names for images within a timed format (60 seconds of stimulus). Each wave of administration includes a different set of items (55 images per set).
Measures students' understanding of how print and books function. Teachers use text of their choice.
Measures ability to create a narrative using elements such as character, setting, emotion, transition phrases, and an ending. Followed by 3 comprehension questions.
Evaluates counting skills, shape naming and discrimination, operations, and number identification. Optional measures include patterning and measurement.
Measures four core ideas in the National Research Council’s framework for science education: physical sciences, life sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering and technology.
Measures social studies topics addressed in the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines: self, family, and community; people and the environment; and history and events.
Captures skill in: positive social behaviors, classroom community and safety, emotional and behavior regulation, self-care, attention, and approaches to learning.
Includes 12 items that capture developmental progress in three categories: fine and visual motor skills, gross motor skills, and understanding healthy behaviors (e.g. hygiene).
Captures ability to: write letter-like forms or real letters; understand that writing moves from left to right; engage in writing activities within centers; and write in response to literature.
Captures ability to vocalize, pronounce, and discriminate among sounds of the alphabet and words, as well as use of grammar to convey meaning.
Observation of a student’s interest and enthusiasm for books and reading.
Captures student initiative and curiosity, flexibility, and art and creativity.
The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System is a standardized, criterion-referenced measure that relates well to established standardized tests and is sensitive to growth in children’s skills over time. The data used to support the reliability and validity of the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System came from numerous research studies done by the Children’ Learning Institute over a five-year span. These research studies were primarily conducted in preschools and day cares in Texas, Maryland, Ohio, and Florida. For detailed information about its reliability and validity, please refer to the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring Technical Manual, available upon request.