Teacher Education Center staff are here to help throughout the process of completing and preparing for standardized teacher education assessments in whatever way works best! Contact Kelly Hayek at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-4602 for more information about our performance assessment or WFORT supports, or to schedule a one-on-one meeting at any time!
Preservice teachers will be considered to have met the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s content knowledge requirement if they have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the subject area (typically the major). UW-Madison Content Knowledge Assessment Policy
Teacher candidates whose grade point average is less than 3.0 will be required to achieve a passing score on the appropriate content knowledge exam. Details here: Praxis II: Subject Assessments/Specialty Area Tests.
The Teacher Education Center’s Assessment Support Team provides support services for preservice teachers in the Special Education and Elementary Education programs as they prepare to take the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (WFORT).
For students taking the WFORT assessment, we provide preparatory workshops designed to complement the learning that happens in literacy methods courses, just prior to when it is recommended that they take the test. In these workshops, we support students in reviewing the material, while reviewing test-taking strategies in an attempt to reduce anxiety and build confidence. We also support students individually as they navigate retakes.
The Teacher Education Center’s Assessment Support Team provides robust support services to preservice teachers in all programs who are completing the performance assessment required for all teacher licenses. The team’s main goal is to help preservice teachers successfully navigate this assessment while keeping their teaching and work with P-12 students as the central focus.
The Performance Assessment is an opportunity for each preservice teacher to demonstrate their proficiency in the UW-Madison Teacher Education Performance Standards. Up until summer 2020, the standardized edTPA, offered by Pearson, was the required performance assessment for all educators prepared in the state of Wisconsin. Beginning in Fall 2020, UW-Madison is transitioning to a more individualized approach; this new assessment is embedded within our programs and draws upon preservice teachers' individual teaching and learning experiences throughout their time in their program. The assessment will be scored by faculty and staff in the individual teacher education programs, with assistance from the Teacher Education Center.
For students working on their Performance Assessment, we provide regular virtual drop-in sessions. These drop-in sessions are designed to provide a supportive space for preservice teachers to work with their peers and the Teacher Education Center’s Assessment Support Team. In this space, preservice teachers can ask questions, talk through question prompts and their writing, and re-center their practice through reflective questions asked by the team. We also offer the ability to meet with us individually by appointment as needed to meet individual needs and schedules with limitations.