Benchmark I

Benchmark I: Acceptance into Program/School of Education

The UW-Stout School of Education Assessment System is designed so that candidate progress is reviewed at various points. Benchmark I is the first level where candidate progress is reviewed. The purpose of the Benchmark I review process is to determine your readiness to become a teacher candidate in one of the programs within the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Note: Professional education courses and program-specific pre-clinical, clinical, methods, curriculum, and evaluation courses can be taken only after you are accepted into teacher education via Benchmark I review. Starting on September 1, 2014 the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) Tests will replace the PPST. 


NEW Benchmark I Review effective Fall 2015

Students need to have completed and/or met all the following before applying:

  • Completed 40 semester credit hours at an accredited college with a 2.5 GPA (6 credits earned at UW-Stout)
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at UW-Stout
  • Passed the National Background check - Good for 3 years
  • Passed the PPST or CORE tests (score reports must be provided to the School of Education Office of Assessment, Field Experiences and Licensing: HERH 267 and PPST and CORE scores may be mixed together to show passing of each section)
PPST Reading     175/322
PPST Math          173/318
PPST Writing       174/320

CORE Reading   156
CORE Math        150
CORE Writing     162

 Scores from one of the following three college entrance tests:
  • The ACT Test: Composite Score of 23 with minimum score of 20 on English, Math, and Reading.  Note: Scores must be dated within the past ten years at the time of application to teacher education.
  • The SAT Test: Composite Score of 1070 with minimum score of 450 on Math and Verbal.  Note: Scores must be dated within the past ten years at the time of application to teacher education.
  • The GRE Revised General Test: Composite Score of 298 with minimum score of 150 on Verbal and 145 on Math.  Note: Scores must be dated within the past ten years at the time of application to teacher education.
  • Completed course with a minimum grade of "C" required (some program standards may be higher)
    • ENGL-101
    • ENGL-102
    • SPCOM-100
    • Introduction to the major course or CTE-302 (3 credits) for distance delivery students
    • EDUC-326 Foundations of Education or CTE-302 Principles of Career and Technical Education (3 credits, for distance delivery students)


Complete the Benchmark I Application when requirements are met and Submit your ePortfolio. Once a month (first Tuesday of the month) applications will be reviewed. ePortfolio links and candidate information will be sent to program directors second week of the month for review which will include a group of program faculty will convene to perform a formal portfolio/dispositional review of each candidate.

No Benchmark I reviews in June or July. Deadlines may change due to holidays.

Upon completion of all three phases, candidates will be notified via e-mail whether they have successfully passed the Benchmark I Review.

Summary of Timeline

When Benchmark I requirements are met:
Submit online application (reviewed first Tuesday of each month) and ePortfolio link

Students will be notified of results

No reviews in June or July.