Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Exam

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The Foundations of Reading Test

A new statutory provision was created in 2011 ACT 166. The specific statute 118.19 (14) puts into place a required content test in Foundations of Reading for all Grade K-5 teachers, special education teachers, reading teachers, and reading specialists seeking initial licensure.

Beginning on January 31, 2014, candidates in Wisconsin applying for an initial teaching license in grades Kindergarten through 5 or special education, or for a license as a reading teacher or reading specialist, as listed below, will be required to take and pass the Foundations of Reading test, a test of reading instruction knowledge and skills administered by the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson.  This requirement does apply to all license requests regardless of a candidate's program completion date.

  • Early Childhood – Regular Education (70–777)
  • Early Childhood – Middle Childhood (71–777)
  • Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence (72–777)
  • Reading Teacher (316)
  • Reading Specialist (17)

This requirement is in addition to the current content testing requirements for each license as outlined on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website at: http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/wisconsin-educator-testing-requirementslink

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Will candidates who are adding on licenses need to take this test?
A:  The Foundations of Reading test is a content test. Initial licensure, additional licensure, and out-of-state licensure candidates must post passing scores on all the content tests in effect and required for the Wisconsin license they are seeking. Candidates applying for Wisconsin licensure on or after January 31, 2014 in any of the licenses affected by this test will need to post passing scores on this test.

Q:  Will candidate seeking an additional licensure need to take the reading test if it was not initially required?
A: 
Candidates who are enrolled in an educator preparation program to complete an additional licensure in one of the affected licensure areas must post passing scores on this new test, if they apply for a Wisconsin license on or after January 31, 2014.

Q:  When will out-of-state applicants need to take this test?
A:  Out-of-state applicants applying for a Wisconsin license on or after January 31, 2014, will need to take the test and post passing scores in order to obtain Wisconsin licensure in the licenses affected.

Q:  Will candidates who are eligible for licensure (already completed an educator preparation program but have not applied for a license) need to take this test?
A:  Wisconsin educators who have already completed an educator preparation program will need to post passing scores on the test, if they apply for Wisconsin licensure on or after January 31, 2014. Educators that apply for Wisconsin licensure before January 31, 2014 will not need to post passing scores on this test.

Q:  Will the Wisconsin candidates who are student teaching Fall 2013 need to take this test?
A: Wisconsin candidates who are student teaching Fall 2013 must complete a student teaching experience per 118.19 (3) that is a full semester following the cooperating school district's calendar. Wisconsin school districts complete their first semester of school in mid January; consequently, Fall 2013 student teachers will complete their program mid-January. Candidates will have a short window between completing their program and making application for a Wisconsin teaching license in the areas affected.

  • Candidates that apply for Wisconsin licensure before January 31, 2014 will not need to post passing scores on this test.
  • Candidates that apply for Wisconsin licensure on or after January 31, 2014 will need to post passing scores on this test.

Q:  Will candidates who seek licensure through an Institution of Higher Education license-based-on-equivalency credential review process need to take this test?
A:  The Foundations of Reading test is a content test. In every pathway to licensure in Wisconsin, candidates must post passing scores on all the content tests in effect and required for the Wisconsin license they are seeking. Candidates applying for Wisconsin licensure on or after January 31, 2014 in any of the licenses affected by this test will need to post passing scores on this test.

 


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