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Who needs to take the Foundations of Reading Test (FORT)?

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.

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 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 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.

Test Information (until December 31, 2022)

Passing Score Information

  • Benchmark Passing Score: Applicants who apply for Wisconsin Licensure on or after Sept. 1, 2014, are required to earn a passing score of 240.

How much will it cost?

Test fee – $139

Registration

We recommend registering 6-8 weeks prior to taking the test as there are a very limited number of approved sites in Wisconsin.

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.

When do I have to have passing scores on this test?

The School of Education at UW-Stevens Point requires a passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test in order to be fully licensed to teach. A passing score is not required in order to student teach or graduate.

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.

Option 2 – Alternative Pathway -The candidate demonstrates proficiency to teach reading by completing three components listed below: 

1. Complete one of the following “course of study” with a grade of C- or better in each class

  • Course of Study 1: EDUC 302 & EDUC 309
  • Course of Study 2: EDUC 718 & EDUC 715
  • Course of Study 3: EDUC 718 & EDUC 747
AND

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 (lfernhol@uwsp.edu) or Dr. Amber Garbe (agarbe@uwsp.edu) to schedule coaching sessions.*

*If you complete all of your Course of Study 1, 2, or 3 during Fall 2020 semester or after, this component is embedded in your courses.  You must work with the instructors of your course of study to document and receive verification of your participation in coaching.  If you completed part or all of your Course of Study 1, 2, or 3 prior to the Fall 2020 semester, please review the materials below to learn more about how to complete this component.
AND
3. Create an electronic portfolio containing specific lesson plans, artifacts, and reflections.
Additional details about each of these three components required for the Option 2 – Alternative Pathway can be found here:
If you have questions about this requirement, please contact Nikki Logan (nlogan@uwsp.edu), Jacquelyn Sernau (jacquelyn.sernau@uwsp.edu), or Maggie Beeber (mbeeber@uwsp.edu) or call the SOE Academic and Career Advising office at 715-346-2040.

NEW Test Information (After December 31, 2022)

As many of you may have heard by now, Wisconsin has adopted a new version of the FoRT (Foundations of Reading Test). The state has now agreed to accept passing scores from either test (the current FoRT 90 or FoRT 190) until December 31, 2022. After this time, Pearson will only offer the FoRT 190 test, but DPI will still accept passing scores from either test for obtaining your teaching license. This new test has a similar structure to the FoRT 90 (100 multiple choice and 2 open response questions), but you may have questions about how the test has shifted focus and how the university is going to move forward to prepare our elementary education students. Below you will find a short Q and A on the changes to the FoRT. Continue to look for information as we navigate through the changes moving forward. You can be assured that your instructors are working to prepare you in the best way possible. If you have further immediate questions, please reach out to the UWSP FoRT Coordinator, Prof. Sernau.

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.

Workshops

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.

We are incredibly excited to have the knowledge-base of a licensed reading specialist to support you in your preparation for the FoRT.

When are the sessions?

June 1-August 11 (No tutoring the week of July 4, so no tutoring on July 6 or 7).
Wednesdays at 2 p.m. – 10 sessions, starting June 1 (no tutoring on July 6)
Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
Thursdays at 4 p.m. – 10 sessions, starting June 2 (no tutoring on July 7)
Thursdays at 5 p.m.
 All sessions run for one hour, online via Zoom
**Sign up 24 hours or more in advance to get the Zoom link

How do I sign up?

Please fill out the form to reserve your spot!
Tutoring sessions are scheduled to run a a total of 10 hours to provide you with a high enough level of support and intensity…Furthermore, your consistent attendance ensures that you are present for any follow-up support with a topic that your group has identified as an area of need.

Workshop dates will be posted as they are added.
Questions: Amber Garbe, agarbe@uwsp.edu

Resources

The following list of resources will help you prepare for the new Foundations of Reading Test- FoRT 190. Please take time to explore each of these.

Practice Tests