UW-Milwaukee Prepares Educators Who Succeed

In 2011, The Wisconsin State Legislature passed Act 166, which requires the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to produce an annual report of the State’s educator preparation programs (EPP). The report includes information on program completers and their first time pass rates on the required performance assessments.

Additionally, the DPI has included licensure and employment data for individuals completing Wisconsin educator preparation programs. This report uses program completer, Praxis II and ACTFL assessment, Foundations of Reading Test, licensure and employment data.

UW-Milwaukee Assessment Results

The Praxis II assessment, administered by the Education Testing Services (ETS), was a required assessment for teachers in all subjects (except for world languages) who apply for Wisconsin licensure. Students in UW-Milwaukee’s programs performed above the state average, with 89% of completers passing the Praxis II assessments on the first attempt.

The Foundations of Reading Test, administered by Pearson, was first required in 2013 for all teacher candidates preparing for licensure in Early Childhood, Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence and Special Education. Our teacher candidates have an overall pass rate of 81% from 2013 through 2016.

The edTPA, a performance assessment administered by Pearson, has been consequential in Wisconsin since fall of 2016. During the 2016-17 academic year, 203 teacher candidates completed the edTPA. UWM’s pass rate for this academic year is 98%.

In general, UW-Milwaukee teacher candidates do well on all state required assessments to meet licensure requirements. A recent development in regulations by the Department of Public Instruction offers students alternative routes to some assessments currently used to demonstrate the necessary skills, knowledge and dispositions for effective teaching. Future candidates are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor for additional information..

Employment Data

It is important to note that the employment data in the EPP report only includes licensed completers who were hired by public schools in Wisconsin. While a high percentage of UW-Milwaukee graduates find employment in public schools throughout the state, we are proud to prepare educators to teach in a variety of venues and environments – including private schools, daycare centers, clinics, and schools outside of Wisconsin.

For example, in 2013 and 2014, 100% of completers from UW-Milwaukee’s Art Education programs found employment following graduation.

And we have a high employer satisfaction rates. In a recent survey, 98% of employers currently employing a UWM Education graduate said they would hire one of our graduates again, given the opportunity.

Visit the Department of Public Instruction website to view their report on UW-Milwaukee’s Education Preparation Programs.