Foundations of Reading Test
Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin (FORT)
The computer-based test assesses proficiency in and understanding of reading and writing content knowledge, literacy development and instruction.
A passing score of 240 on the Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) is required for initial licensure in the state of Wisconsin.
- Understand phonological and phonemic awareness.
- Understand concepts about print and the alphabetic principle.
- Understand the role of phonics in promoting reading development.
- Understand word analysis skills and strategies.
Development of Reading Comprehension
- Understand vocabulary development.
- Understand how to apply reading comprehension skills and strategies to imaginative/literacy texts.
- Understand to apply reading comprehension skills and strategies to informational/expository text.
Reading Assessment and Instruction
- Understand multiple approaches to reading instruction
- Understand formal and informal methods for assessment reading development
Integration of Knowledge and Understanding
- Prepare an organized, developed analysis on a topic related to one or more of the following: foundations for reading development; development of reading comprehension; reading assessment and instruction.
Who is required to take the test?
- Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Majors – Regular Education and Dual Education
- Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Majors – Regular Education and Dual Education
- Special Education Majors
Teacher candidates who are required to take the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) for licensure, but have not passed the test are now allowed to student teach if they have taken the FORT at least twice. At least one attempt should be made prior to application to student teaching; the second score is required prior to Student Teaching Orientation.
This change in College policy was created in response to revised licensing rules of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The DPI now provides a Tier One License with Stipulations for those who have completed an educator preparation program but have not met all requirements for licensure. Please note that this license would require you to attempt the FORT each year you hold it; passing the FORT remains a requirement for moving on to a Tier II Provisional or Tier III Lifetime license. See PI34.028 of the administrative code for more information.
When to take the FORT
If you plan to student teach during a
- You need to be able to post a passing score on your student teaching application BEFORE March 1 during the spring semester before your student teaching.
- January 25 is probably the last chance to take your test and still get your scores back in time.
- You need to be able to post a passing score on your student teaching application BEFORE October 1 during the fall semester before your student teaching.
- August 25 is probably the last chance to take your test and still get your scores back in time.
- What Does Research Tell Us About Teaching Reading to English Language Learners? -A comprehensive article from Reading Rockets about literacy instruction for English Learners.
- Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read – Contains excellent summaries of terms and instruction in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Text Comprehension.
- National Reading Panel Report: Practical Advice for Teachers, Timothy Shanahan
- Saying the “p” word: Nine guidelines for exemplary phonics instruction, Steven A. Stahl
- Supporting phonemic awareness development in the classroom, Hallie Kay Yopp and Ruth Helen Yopp
- Fluency: Bridge between decoding and reading comprehension, John J. Pikulski and David J. Chard
- Reading comprehension: What every teacher needs to know, Maureen McLaughlin
- Nine things every teacher should know about words and vocabulary instruction, Karen Bromley
- Letter Names Can Cause Confusion and Other Things to Know About Letter-Sound Relationships, Meghan K. Block and Nell K. Duke