Educator Testing Requirements
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PRAXIS I (PPST)
In order to receive an educator license in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires applicants to demonstrate competency in the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics as well as in the content knowledge of their specific license area.
All students applying for admission to an educator preparation program in a Wisconsin college/university or alternative program must pass the PPST tests prior to admission. These tests are administered by ETS. Students need to sign up for an exam date on the ETS website by setting up a user account and password. UW-Platteville (recipienct code 1917) should be selected as a score recipient when signing up for the test(s).
PPST Qualifying Scores
- PPST Reading: 175
- PPST Writing: 174
- PPST Mathematics: 173
CORE Qualifying Scores
Beginning September 1, 2014, Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) tests will replace the Praxis I/PPST tests.
- CORE Reading (5712): 156
- CORE Writing (5722): 162
- CORE Mathematics (5732): 150
Beginning September 1, 2013, Wisconsin's Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) may use one of the following three college entrance tests as the standardized test of communication skills required for admission to EPPs. Only test scores that are less than five years old are allowable.
- The ACT® Test - Composite Score of 23 with minimum score of 20 on English, Math, and Reading
- The SAT® Test - Composite Score of 1070 with minimum score of 450 on Math and Verbal
- GRE® General Test - Composite Score of 298 with minimum score of 150 on Verbal and 145 on Math
PRAXIS II or Content Tests
These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills, that students need for beginning teaching. Praxis II qualifying scores vary for each area.
|Broad Field Lang Art/English (code & score beginning 9/1/14)||5038||167|
|Broad Field Science||5435||
|Broad Field Social Studies||5081||153|
|Cross Categorical -Middle School Content||5146||146|
|Elementary Ed (B-11)||5014||147|
|Middle School (10-14)||5146||146|
|Mathematics (code & score beginning 9/1/14)||5161||160|
For more information including questions and registration, go to the ETS Praxis - Wisconsin DPI website.
ACTFL World Language Tests
ACTFL World Language Tests are required for all world language teacher candidates enrolled in Wisconsin educator preparation programs beginning September 2011. Note: Candidates enrolled in a Wisconsin approved World Language program that have met passing scores in Praxis II: Subject Area Tests in French (0173), German (0181) and Spanish (0191) prior to September 2011 may use those scores.
For ACTFL World Language Tests, Wisconsin requires both the Oral Proficiency interview (OPI-OPIc) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). The qualifying score for licensure in Wisconsin on both tests are Intermediate High.
To learn more about Wisconsin-approved world language assessments, go to Language Testing International (LTI) Website.
Foundations of Reading Test
The Foundations of Reading test measures proficiency in and depth of understanding of the subject of reading and writing development. The test reflects scientifically based reading research and is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
Beginning January 31, 2014, teacher 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 will be required to take and pass the Foundations of Reading test.
UW-Platteville licensure programs required to complete the Foundations of Reading Test:
- Early Childhood – Middle Childhood (71–777)
- Early Adolescence (76-777)
- Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence Cross Categorical (72–801)
- Early Adolescence – Adolescence Cross Categorical (73–801)
- Reading Teacher (316)
- Reading Specialist (17)
- Foundations of Reading Test Updates (7/15/2013)
- To see sample test questions and to sign up for the test, please go to the National Evaluation Series for Wisconsin website.
- Additional test review materials can be found on the UW-Madison website, Education Outreach and Partnerships.
- Foundations of Reading preparation handbook, authored by Jennifer Arneson Yaeger
edTPA is a preservice assessment process designed by educators that is designed to engage candidates in demonstrating their understanding of teaching and student learning in authentic, experimental ways. Teacher candidates will submit artifacts and commentaries as evidence of how they planned and implemented instruction to deepen student learning during the student teaching experience.
The edTPA portfolio will be uploaded to Pearson for scoring using Taskstream software.
All candidates will need to complete an edTPA portfolio and submit to Pearson for scoring effective August 31, 2015. Effective August 31, 2016, all candidates must pass an edTPA for licensure.
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