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History of Development of WMEAP

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.

Work teams of expert educators from all levels of education in Wisconsin developed the concepts, philosophy, requirements, assessment rubrics, procedures, and guidebooks for the WMEAP.  Designed to be comparable  to the NBPTS process, the work teams:

  • Consulted with national experts who helped develop the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
  • Consulted with other state experts who have designed portfolio assessments for their state's licensure.
  • Received the services and resources of the Interstate New Teachers' Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) who have developed a process for training assessors in the review of the teacher portfolios.
  • Obtained the leadership of a nationally recognized expert in all these processes who also was involved in developing the Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards.

In order to ensure validity and reliability of the WMEAP process, WMEAP assessors are trained and approved by the DPI. 

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