Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

The following information is accurate as of November 14th, 2013.

Description


According to the recently 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.

Consequently, individuals seeking an initial 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, must take and pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test according to the following application dates:

• 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.

This applies to the following license programs at UW-Milwaukee:

• Early Childhood - Regular Education (70-777)
• Early Childhood – Special Education (70-809)
• Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence (72-777)
• Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Cross Categorical (72-801)
• Early Adolescence – Adolescence Cross Categorical (73-801)
• Reading Teacher (316)
• Reading Specialist (17)

About The Test


• This test is a variation of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensing (MTEL), Foundations of Reading Test. Registration is now available at the National Evaluation Series website. This site announces testing sites, dates, and times.

• The test will be offered in a computer-based testing format.

• The test will consist of 100 multiple-choice items, each of which assesses knowledge or skills related to one of three major areas of reading instruction named in the test's subareas (Foundations of Reading Development, Development of Reading Comprehension, and Reading Assessment and Instruction).

• It will also include 2 open-response (i.e., essay) items that require examinees to apply their knowledge and understanding of content related to two or more of these areas.

• Testing will be available by appointment, Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays) at testing centers. Pearson will determine what additional testing center sites will be needed in the state.

• Test results have a 4-week turn-around time.

• The test cost is $155 (Computer-based testing fee, $125; Registration processing fee, $30).

• Pearson has established a website that includes registration information and test prep support: http://www.wi.nesinc.com/.

• Applicants who apply for Wisconsin licensure between January 31, 2014 and August 31, 2014 must achieve a passing score of 229.

• Applicants who apply for Wisconsin licensure on or after September 1, 2014 must achieve a passing score of 240.

MTEL Foundations of Reading Test Support


UW-Milwaukee's Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test Preparation Workshop. This one-day workshop is designed to review the test objectives and provide support in developing test taking strategies specifically for this test.

The links below will also be helpful in preparing for the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test.

Jen Yeager’s workshop on preparing for the Foundations of Reading Test (Word)

National Evaluation Series: WI Foundations of Reading Test

Test Objectives

Full-Length Practice Test

Practice Test Document with Item Explanations

UW System Online WI Foundations of Reading Test Review