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Benchmark assessments

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. 

Benchmark requirement due dates:

  • Student Teaching Spring - October 1st*
  • Student Teaching Fall - March 1st*

*Submission of requirements due by 4:00pm CST on the due date.  If the due date falls on a weekend, the requirements are due the following Monday.

Passing test scores, from the testing agency, must be on file in the School of Education Teacher Certification Officer’s office by the dates listed above.

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Who should I contact about advising and certification?

Academic Services Director/Teacher Certification Officer: Jen