Benchmark assessments

The WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is specific in its requirements about the content of both general education and professional education. DPI requires teacher education candidates to complete a variety of benchmark assessments (tests) detailed below. Teacher candidates must have evidence of completion of all benchmark assessments except for the edTPA in order to be approved for student teaching. 

The WI State Superintendent of Public Instruction determines passing scores. Therefore, prospective teacher education candidates should work closely with an advisor from the outset of their studies at the university. Completion of DPI requirements for licensure may take longer than four academic years. 

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Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT)

Candidates for a teaching license in WI must take the original FoRT test (FoRT090)

  • An official FoRT score report documenting a passing score of at least 240 (required only for Early Childhood-Middle Childhood, Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence, Elementary/Middle Education, and Special Education candidates);

For more information about when to take the FoRT and how to prepare, please see the Department of Educational Studies FoRT webpage.

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Content Knowledge: Teacher candidates must have demonstrated content knowledge (PI 34.021(1)(c)) prior to the student teaching semester using one of the following options:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher in all certified content subject areas.  The  courses included in the content GPA calculation depends on the licensure program (see below).

    OR 
EC-A and EA-A programs – Candidates must earn a combined 3.0 GPA or higher in the major/minor to use the GPA option to demonstrate content knowledge in the aligned subject area

 

EC-MC Content Knowledge Courses – Candidates must earn a 3.0 GPA or higher separately in each content subject area (Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science) to use the GPA option to demonstrate content knowledge.

LITERACY
(7 courses)

MATH
(3 courses)

SCIENCE
(3 courses)

SOCIAL STUDIES (4 courses)

GE Literacy (GE01): 
ENG110
CST110

GE Humanistic Studies (GE07) (Literature):  one of the following courses:

ENG200 or ENG201 or
ENG202 or ENG203 or
ENG204 or ENG205 or
ENG206 or
MLG299 or GER399 or
CHI305 or RUS305

Content Literacy:
EDS308
EDS318
EDS418
ECE440

GE Math/Logical Systems (GE02):
MTH135
MTH136

Content Math:
EDS422

GE Natural Science (GE05): one of the following courses:
BIO100 or BIO105 or MIC100

GE Physical Science (GE05):
one of the following courses:

CHM100 or CHM103 or
ESC101 or
PHY106 or PHY155 or PHY103 or PHY203

Content Science:
EDS421

GE International Studies (GE04): one of the following courses:
HIS101 or HIS102 or HIS110

Statutory requirement:
GEO200

Program requirement:
PSY370

Content Social Studies:
EDS413

 

MC-EA Content Knowledge Courses – Candidates must earn a 3.0 GPA or higher separately in each major content subject area (Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science) to to demonstrate content knowledge.
Candidates must also earn a 3.0 GPA in a certifiable minor to demonstrate content knowledge in that subject are in place of the appropriate Praxis II test.

LITERACY
(6 courses)

MATH
(3 courses)

SCIENCE
(3 courses)

SOCIAL STUDIES (5 courses)

GE Literacy (GE01): 
ENG110
CST110

GE Humanistic Studies (GE07) (Literature):  one of the following courses:

ENG200 or ENG201 or
ENG202 or ENG203 or
ENG204 or ENG205 or
ENG206 or
MLG299 or GER399 or
CHI305 or RUS305

Content Literacy:
EDS308
EDS318
EDS418

GE Math/Logical Systems (GE02):
MTH135
MTH136

Content Math:
EDS422

GE Natural Science (GE05): one of the following courses:
BIO100 or BIO105 or MIC100

GE Physical Science (GE05):
one of the following courses:

CHM100 or CHM103 or
ESC101 or
PHY106 or PHY155 or PHY103 or PHY203

Content Science:
EDS421

GE International Studies (GE04): one of the following courses:
HIS101 or HIS102 or HIS110

Statutory requirement:
GEO200

Program requirements:
PSY212
PSY370

Content Social Studies:
EDS413

 

PASHE Content Knowledge Courses – Candidates must earn a 3.0 GPA or higher in a given content subject area (Physical Education, Health Education) to use the GPA option to demonstrate content knowledge in that area.

Physical Education
(11 courses)

School Health Education
(6 courses)

ESS 121
ESS 205
ESS 206
ESS 207
ESS 212
ESS 231
ESS 232
ESS 302
ESS 304
ESS 310
ESS 331

ESS 118
ESS 200
HED 207
ESS 230
ESS 300
ESS 330

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American Council Teaching of Foreign Languates (ACTFUL)

  • An official ACTFUL score report demonstrating oral and written proficiency with a rating of "Intermediate High" in French, German, and/or Spanish (required only for French education, German education or Spanish education candidates)
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edTPA is an teacher candidate assessment method used to determine if a new teacher is "ready for the job." It is a process completed during pre-service experience by the teacher candidate with the guidance of their university supervisor. A review of the teacher candidates' authentic teaching material is done at the completion of the teaching and learning process. This edTPA assessment documents and demonstrates each candidate's ability to effectively teach his/her subject matter to all students.

View more about edTPA

 

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To schedule a date and time to take any of these testing requirements please visit: https://www.uwlax.edu/counseling-testing/testing/uwl-testing-center/