Student Testing and Assessment

Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
The edTPA is a subject area-specific, performance-based assessment for pre-service teacher candidates, which is centered on student learning. Evidence of candidate teaching proficiency in the areas of planning, engagement and instruction, and assessment is drawn from a subject-specific learning segment, 3–5 lessons from a unit of instruction. Assessment artifacts include video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning, and reflective commentaries. These artifacts will be taken together and scored by trained evaluators using the standardized set of edTPA rubrics. Initial license candidates must complete and pass the edTPA before they can be recommended for licensure. Current admitted teacher education students and authorized faculty/staff can visit the School's edTPA website for more detailed information.

Foundations of Reading Test in Wisconsin
Wisconsin State law requires that all Grade K-5 teachers, special education teachers, reading teachers, and reading specialists who are applying for initial Wisconsin licensure must take and pass the Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin. For our School, this requirement applies to all Elementary Education program students, all Special Education program students, and all students completing the Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist programs. Applicants who apply for Wisconsin licensure must post a passing score of 240. Students should check their scores to be sure that they have met the minimum requirement applicable to their license application date. Test sites, registration, preparation, and other test information are available at

Academic Tests
Prospective teacher education students have been required to submit test scores to the School of Education to be eligible for professional program admission. Students also have been required to take and pass an approved content examination. World Language Education students must meet an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview requirement and must take and pass the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). 

Due to recent changes in Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction regulations, some of these testing requirements are under review. Please consult published program admission requirements, program advisors, and teacher preparation program coordinators for the most current information.