Wisconsin Act 44 directed the Department of Public Instruction to create a process that alters the Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) requirement for Special Education licensure.
The law as written states:
The department shall waive the requirement under par. (a) for an applicant seeking an initial teaching license that authorizes the holder to teach in special education if the applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the department that the applicant has successfully completed a course of study that satisfies all of the following:
1. The course of study provides rigorous instruction in the teaching of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency.
2. A student in the course of study receives feedback and coaching from an individual who is an expert of reading instruction.
3. A student in the course of study demonstrates competence in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency by providing a portfolio of work.
The Department of Public Instruction has started the administrative rules process to make these changes. For updates, you can refer to the administrative rules page as well as the latest licensing news blog: https://dpi.wi.gov/legislative-policy-outreach/administrative-rules