The Wisconsin State Legislature has passed Read to Lead legislation requiring a standardized test on the teaching of reading for all Early Childhood, Elementary, Reading, and Special Education teachers.
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.
NOTE: Date for implementation is pending in Wisconsin Legislature (June 2013)
About the Test
- The test will be offered in a computer-based testing format
- 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 (Registration processing fee, $30; Computer-based testing fee, $25; Academic (PK-12) subject matter test, $100)
- Out-of-State applicants applying for an initial Wisconsin license beginning January 1, 2014, forward, will need to take the exam and post passing scores in order to obtain Wisconsin licensure in the licenses affected
- Based on the ACT 166 applicability language, Wisconsin educators, who have already completed an educator preparation program but have not applied for their initial licensure, will need to post passing scores on the test, if they apply for licensure beginning January 1, 2014, forward (A change to this rule is pending Wisconsin legislation - June 2013. We will update this site as soon as legislation passes.)
Preparing for the Test
Test Prep Resources