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Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

Starting in the Fall 2013, students be required to submit a passing score on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (WFORT) with their student teaching application.  

Who Needs to take the test?

Students wishing to gain licensure in the following areas are required to take this test: 

  • Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Majors – Regular Education and Dual Education
  • Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Majors – Regular Education and Dual Education
  • Special Education Majors
  • Reading Teacher (316) and Reading Specialist (17) Licensures

This rule first applies to an application for a teaching license received by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) before January 31, 2014.

Passing Score Information

  • Initial Passing Score:  Applicants who apply for Wisconsin Licensure on or after January 31, 2014 through August 31, 2014 are required to earn a passing score of 229. 
  • Benchmark Passing Score: Applicants who apply for a Wisconsin Licensure on or after September 1, 2014 are required to earn a passing score of 240.

How much will it cost?




Why will I be required to take another test? 

According to the newly enacted Wisconsin State Statute ACT 166:

SECTION 21. 118.19 (14) (a) any person applying for a teacher license “…to teach in grades kindergarten to 5 or in special education, an initial license as a reading teacher, or an initial license as a reading specialist…” are required to take and pass a Foundations of Reading Test. 

About the Test 

  • Assesses proficiency in and depth of understanding of the subject of reading and writing development
  • Computer-based test: 100 multiple-choice items, 2 open-response (i.e. essay) items
  • Preparation Materials

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