Working together to support states and territories, and their ELLs
The WIDA Consortium is made up of 40 U.S. states, territories and federal agencies dedicated to the research, design and implementation of a high-quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate system to support English language Learners in K-12 contexts. This comprehensive system, based on research and educator feedback, is built on standards, assessments and professional learning.
The consortium's member states and territories are divided into four regions: Northeast, Midwest, South and West.
All WIDA Consortium member states have a customized member page that provides state-specific contacts as well as information related to implementation of standards and instruction, assessment and professional learning.
WIDA involves state and local educators in developing, designing, and implementing this comprehensive system of supporting English language learners. Various opportunities include participating on the WIDA Advisory Board or on committees; assisting with field testing, as well as with bias, sensitivity and content reviews, and piloting professional learning offerings.
Influencing the Process: Educators share ideas on a wide range of topics with their state education agency representatives who serve on various committees to impact the decision-making process and consortium-wide policies. The process flows in the following way.
Educators share ideas on a wide range of topics with their state education agency representatives (SEAs) who serve on various committees to impact the decision-making process and consortium-wide policies. See graphic above.
All WIDA Consortium member states have a customized member page that provides state-specific contacts as well as information related to implementation of standards and instruction, assessment and professional learning. You can navigate to your member/state page via the dropdown at the top of the page, or via the map below.
Get Involved in Assessment Development
Every year, WIDA recruits educators with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to review ACCESS for ELLs and verify that content is grade-level appropriate, ensure items do not unfairly favor any group of test-takers and confirm that materials are error-free. Help us make this assessment the best it can be for you, your fellow-educators and -most importantly- your multilingual learners. Our ACCESS review sessions include:
- Bias and Sensitivity Review - Ensure test items do not favor any group of students over another or have the potential to upset test-takers.
- Content Review - Ensure each test item is factual and grade-level appropriate.
- Forms Review - Review the entire test immediately before it is operational to do a final check for errors.
- Field Testing - Let your students practice for the scored test and ensure new test items meet our high quality standards.
View our ACCESS Review Events Flyer to learn more or to take part.
View the Writing Field Test Flyer to learn how you can participate in the ACCESS for ELLs Writing Field Test.
View the Screener for Kindergarten Field Test Flyer to learn how to participate.
WIDA Consortium Annual Reports
These reports include testing statistics, student demographics, financial information, customer service tracking, professional learning usage, recent publications, as well as updates on projects, research and initiatives.
WIDA Consortium Regions
· Opportunities to influence consortium directives regarding policies and regulations pertaining to English learners
· Access to evidence-based professional learning offerings through WIDA facilitators and online resources
· Consistency in training, administering, scoring, and interpreting of English language proficiency assessment
Sign Up to Receive WIDA News and Announcements
WIDA News is sent once a month – with occasional "extra" editions during busy times – to educators, administrators and early childhood program leaders in WIDA Consortium member states and subscribers in non-WIDA member states.