Benchmark II

Benchmark II: Admission into Student Teaching

Benchmark II is the second level of review of candidate’s progress in the SOE assessment system.  As part of the process, faculty /staff reviewers interview initial teacher candidates to determine whether they may proceed to the student teaching portion of their programs.   The reviewers evaluate candidates’ ability to provide ePortfolio evidence of their higher level knowledge, skills, and disposition aligned to the SOE Conceptual Framework and Standards.  Candidates that successfully complete the Benchmark II review are eligible for student teaching placement pending satisfactory completion of all required courses and evidence of passing the PRAXIS II: Subject Assessment(s).

During the Benchmark II interview, candidates are expected to demonstrate evidence of their:

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to articulate and provide portfolio evidence of content knowledge
  • Command of the pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions
  • Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher
  • Proficiency in adapting instruction to meet the needs of all students

Benchmark II Application

Student Teacher candidates should complete the Benchmark II Application two semesters prior to their student teaching term.

Benchmark II Application

For a complete description of the Benchmark II timeline, please click here!

Benchmark II Interview

Student Teacher candidates are eligible to interview if they have:

  • Submitted a completed Benchmark II Application form
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Taken or registered to take the Praxis II Assessment Test
  • Completed or enrolled in Pre-Student Teaching Field Experience(s).  
    (Minimum grade of "C" required for Benchmark II; 
    some program standards may be higher) 
  • Completed or enrolled in Education core courses. 
    (Minimum grade of "C" required for Benchmark II; some program standards may be higher)

Student Teaching Placement

Student teaching placements will be coordinated for those candidates who have:

  • Satisfied all Benchmark II requirements
  • Passed the Benchmark II interview
  • Passed the Benchmark II Dispositional Review
  • Passed the Praxis II: Subject Assessment(s)

Preparing for the Interview

Benchmark II Review rubric [PDF] (used by faculty/staff interviewers) Please read this carefully before your interview.

Instructional Technology Utilization Rubric [PDF]

WI Standards and Domains [PDF]

Alignment Summary to be filled out by student prior to interview and maintained throughout all three benchmarks.


Interview Dates for 2016-17

Spring 2017 Student Teaching Benchmark II Interviews: September 26-September 30, 2016