Students wishing to gain licensure in the following areas are required to take this test:
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.
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 are pursuing an administrative add-on license, as a Reading Specialist (#17/5017), please review these guidelines:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-346-2040, if you are not sure. Please include your full name as listed on DPI’s website and your DPI Entity Number.
Test fee – $139
In the summer of 2020, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) approved students seeking licensure in special education to either take and pass the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) or to successfully complete an alternative to the FoRT. The following information describes the two options; please take the time to read through it fully. These two options apply for students solely seeking special education licensure or are in the CWIC program. Please note, if you are majoring in elementary education AND special education, you need to pass the FoRT for your elementary education teaching license. Please note, if you already have gone through a certification program for a program that requires the FoRT [eg: Early Childhood Education, MC-EA Regular Education (ages 6-13) and EA-MC Regular Education (ages 0-11)] you will still need to pass the Fort to obtain that license.
Option 1 – FoRT – The candidate demonstrates proficiency to teach reading by taking and passing the Foundation of Reading Test. Take and pass the Foundations of Reading Test with a score of 240 or higher. Information about the FoRT, including resources for how to prepare, can be found here: https://www.uwsp.edu/education/Pages/fort/default.aspx.
1. Complete one of the following “course of study” with a grade of C- or better in each class
2. Participate in coaching sessions with a reading specialist or another person that meets the DPI definition of “expert in teaching reading.” If you currently work for a school district, we suggest you collaborate with a reading specialist (license #17/5017) employed by your school district. If you do not not have access to a reading specialist, you may work with a UWSP faculty member. You may contact Dr. Lynda Ferholz (email@example.com) or Dr. Amber Garbe (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule coaching sessions.*
Students need a 233 or higher to pass the FoRT 190.
There is a very similar structure in that 80% of the test is made up of 100 multiple choice questions broken apart into subareas. Then there are 2 open response (essays) questions that are worth 20% of the score.
There is a significant shift in the focus of instructional strategies on the FoRT 190. Knowing Foundational Reading Knowledge is essential. An in-depth study into phonics is highly suggested. There are several books that your instructors can recommend. The content that is covered in EDUC 302 and EDUC 309 is also extremely important. These courses will set you up with the foundational knowledge you need, but they cannot teach you everything! Studying material outside of class is critical for passing this test.
Your professors have been working to learn the changes of the test, and revisiting curriculum covered in courses to ensure you are receiving the content you need to be successful. Stay tuned for access to a FoRT 190 canvas study course as well as potential opportunities for tutoring.
The SOE, in collaboration with the Tutor-Learning Center, is excited to be offering FREE FoRT Tutoring again this summer. We are currently recruiting participants for our “Professional FoRT Tutoring.” Students will meet with a licensed teacher/Reading Specialist who will guide small groups through questions from the FoRT practice tests. The content of the tutoring sessions will focus on the ability to determine correct and incorrect answers on sample test questions. The goal of the sessions is to support participants in being able to provide rationale for why a particular answer is correct, while the others are incorrect. Each group will meet for 10, 1-hour sessions.