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English Language Learners

WIDA

Background

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the WIDA English Development Standards Framework (WIDA ELD) in June 2012 as part of the Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL) initiative. Since then, school districts have been required to begin integrating WIDA ELD standards into their ESL and content area curricula of classes where ELLs participate (Sheltered Content Instruction, or SCI).

The WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework

WIDA is a multistate consortium focused on academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators. The WIDA ELD standards promote social and instructional language as well as academic language proficiency in four content areas - language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies - and thus facilitate students' success in school. The WIDA ELD standards are not a scope and sequence of language skills. However, WIDA provides a host of tools and resources educators can use to differentiate instruction for ELLs and promote their academic language development. For an overview of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, please visit the comprehensive WIDA website.

WIDA ELD Standards Resources:

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WIDA Massachusetts Page
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WIDA Can Do Descriptors
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WIDA Resources Download Library
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WIDA Educator Resources includes Focus Bulletins, RtI2, featured videos, professional learning modules, and more.

Certain areas of the WIDA website require the user to log in. Authorized WIDA website users include teachers/administrators who have responsibilities that include identifying and assessing English language learners in public schools, as well as certified trainers and approved project participants. Go to Instructions for Creating WIDA Personal Accounts, to obtain access to the WIDA website, check with your district administrator.

Supporting Effective Implementation

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is committed to supporting effective implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. The WIDA Implementation Guidance document below provides an overview of the WIDA ELD standards and current implementation expectations for districts.

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WIDA Implementation Guidance

In addition, the Department continues to sponsor professional development for district staff about the organization and application of the standards.

WIDA ELD Standards Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Keep up with WIDA news:

  • Facebook: facebook.com/WIDAatWCER
  • Twitter: twitter.com/widaconsortium
  • WIDA Blog: widaatwcer.blogspot.com
  • WIDA News: join-widanews2@lists.wisc.edu


Last Updated: February 24, 2016
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