2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
February 28, 2018 - Introduced by Senator Marklein, cosponsored by
Representatives Tranel, Vruwink, Rohrkaste, VanderMeer, Tusler and
Spiros. Referred to Committee on Education.
1An Act to renumber and amend
118.19 (14) (a); to amend
118.19 (14) (c); and 2to create
118.19 (14) (a) 2. of the statutes; relating to: requirements for initial
3licensure as a special education teacher.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill permits an individual to receive an initial license as a special education
teacher if the individual successfully completes a course in the teaching of reading
and reading comprehension, provided the individual satisfies all other requirements
for licensure by the Department of Public Instruction. Current law requires, as a
condition for receiving an initial license to teach in special education, that an
individual has passed an examination identical to the Foundations of Reading test.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
118.19 (14) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 118.19 (14) (a) 1. and 5
amended to read:
(a) 1. The Except as provided in subd. 2., the
department may not 7
issue an initial teaching license that authorizes the holder to teach in grades
kindergarten to 5 or in special education, an initial license as a reading teacher, or 2
an initial license as a reading specialist, unless the applicant has passed an 3
examination identical to the Foundations of Reading test administered in 2012 as 4
part of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure. The department shall set 5
the passing cut score on the examination at a level no lower than the level 6
recommended by the developer of the test, based on this state's standards.
118.19 (14) (a) 2. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 2. The department shall waive the requirement under subd. 1. 9
for an applicant seeking an initial teaching license that authorizes the holder to 10
teach in special education if the applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the 11
department that the applicant has successfully completed a course that satisfies all 12
of the following:
a. The course provides rigorous instruction in the teaching of phonemic 14
awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency.
b. A student in the course receives feedback and coaching from an individual 16
who holds either a masters degree in reading or a reading specialist license issued 17
by the department.
c. A student in the course demonstrates competence in phonemic awareness, 19
phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency by providing a portfolio of 20
118.19 (14) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) Any teacher who passes the examination under par. (a) 1.
notify the department, which shall add a notation to the teacher's license indicating 24
that he or she passed the examination.