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WMEAP Assessors

DPI is currently receiving a high volume of contacts for assistance.  The three most commonly asked questions and their answers are below:

Help with WAMS IDs

Before you can submit an application to DPI, you must register for a Web Access Management Systems (WAMS) user ID.

How to set up a WAMS account

Already have one or more WAMS accounts?

How to start your WAMS account recovery:

Perform a WAMS account recovery for all emails you have. Enter your email address but do NOT enter your User ID to start your WAMS account recovery. Once in the account recovery process you will be prompted to change your password. After you change your password you will be told in parentheses what your correct User ID is. Please make note of that before you terminate the account recovery session. Once you have recovered all WAMS accounts you have, login to ELO with each of your accounts individually. If you can see your licenses, you are logging in with the correct WAMS account. If you are taken through the Onboarding process again, you are not using the correct WAMS account and should try another account.

If you encounter errors in the WAMS account recovery process, please contact WAMS directly.  DPI is unable to help with WAMS recovery because the system is used by many state agencies and is run by the Department of Administration:

Revalidating Life or Lifetime License

Educators, whose Life or Lifetime license was invalidated in July, have until December 31 to revalidate their license. Upon approval of the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900] application, the Lifetime license will be revalidated just as if the educator completed the application before June 30. Educators will have until December 31 to complete this application for their license to be revalidated.

Background Checks

DPI is required by law to conduct a background check on each applicant for a Wisconsin educator license regardless of whether it is an initial request or a renewal request.

All educators are required to complete a background check to maintain or revalidate a life or lifetime license. There are directions for how to complete the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900].

To find the year in which your most recent background check was submitted, search License Lookup using your name or entity number and check see the “Last Background Check Submitted” field.

WMEAP portfolios are formally assessed by a team of 3 educators who:

  • Have the same or similar job responsibilities.
  • Have been nominated by professional organizations, including school board organizations.
  • Have been provided training by the Department of Public Instruction.
  • Have been approved for appointment by the State Superintendent.

In addition, WMEAP assessors are educators who:

  • Are not current or non-achieving candidates for the WMEAP.
  • Hold a Wisconsin Lifetime license in the assessment area.
  • Have at least 5 years of successful professional experience in the assessment area.
  • Hold a master's degree related to the assessment area.

School board members may be an additional member of the WMEAP assessment team.  To be part of the team, the school board member must:

  • Be nominated by professional organizations, including school board organizations.
  • Have been provided training by the Department of Public Instruction.
  • Not be a current or non-achieving candidate for the WMEAP.
  • Be approved for appointment by the State Superintendent.

All assessors will sign a pledge of confidentiality and:

  • Will not assess WMEAP applications of candidates from their own school/district.
  • Will not assess WMEAP applications of candidates to whom they are/were related.
  • Will not assess WMEAP applications of candidates for whom they could not remain impartial and objective.

All WMEAP assessors, educators, and school board members must fulfill the requirements stated above.

WMEAP assessors are trained using a portfolio assessment guide developed by a national expert in the teacher portfolio assessment and Wisconsin educators who are involved in the development of the WMEAP.  Assessors use note-taking strategies, summary statements, rubrics, and a judgement  of each entry's documentation of mastery.

WMEAP Assessors training and portfolio assessment occurs annually during the summer. 

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