Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) for Wisconsin



Who needs to take the test?


Students wishing to gain licensure in the following areas are required to take this test:
  • Early childhood majors and add-ons: Early Childhood, Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Early Childhood Summer Program
  • Elementary education majors and add-ons, including those licensed in elementary adding middle school
  • Special education majors, minors and add-ons: CD, ECSE, EBD, LD and Cross Categorical Special Education
  • Reading Teacher (316) and Reading Specialist (17) Licensures

If you currently hold a lifetime teaching license you may be able to add a license without taking and passing the FoRT.  Click here for more information.

If you are solely seeking a special education licensure (not double majoring), please see the "FoRT Alternative" navigation tab on the right side of this page to learn about an alternative option that applies to those solely seeking special education licensure.


Notes for FoRT


If you are pursuing an add-on license as a K-9 Elementary and Middle Teacher,  ECE Teacher, Reading Teacher or a Special Educator, please review the following guidelines.
  • If you currently hold an initial license and are wishing to add a license (SPED or reading), you will need to pass the FoRT.  You will be asked to submit a copy of your passing FoRT score when you submit your licensing request.  
  • If you currently hold a lifetime license and are wishing to add a license (SPED or reading teacher), DPI guidelines do NOT require you to pass the FoRT.
 
If you are pursuing an administrative add-on license, as a Reading Specialist (#17/5017), please review these guidelines:
  • If you do not currently hold a lifetime administrative license and will be adding a Reading Specialist license, you need to pass the FoRT.  Please note, if you have already passed the FoRT for your teaching license, you meet the requirement.  You will be asked to submit a copy of your passing FoRT score when you submit your licensing request.  
  • If you have a lifetime administrative license and will be adding a Reading Specialist license, you do not need to pass the FoRT.  You will be asked to submit a copy of your passing FoRT score when you submit your licensing request. 

How do you know if you meet this requirement?  This rule applies at the time you apply for your new add-on license.  Check to see if you hold a valid lifetime license on the DPI website. When you pull up your license on DPI’s website, you should look at what is entered for you for your most recent license under “Stage.” You can contact Maggie Beeber at mbeeber@uwsp.edu, 715-346-2040, if you are not sure. Please include your full name as listed on DPI’s website and your DPI Entity Number.



  
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