WIDA Consortium

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Working together to support states and territories, and their ELLs

The WIDA Consortium is made up of 39 U.S. states and territories 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.

Participation

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.

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Decision-Making

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.

State-Specific Resources

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 ACCESS 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.  

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 Member States and Territories

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Hawaii

Northern Mariana Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands

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WIDA Consortium Regions

Northeast Region

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The state education agency and local school systems have benefited from being a WIDA consortium member in the following areas:
· 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
– Ilhye Yoon, Specialist, Maryland State Department of Education

South Region

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"The benefit of having so much research at your fingertips and the ability to speak with a leading researcher about issues in our state is a huge advantage to being a member of the WIDA family. We love that all of our online training, training documents, videos, and power points are readily available, easy to access, and provided to members of the consortium, which really makes this process so much easier for us. There is unlimited expertise and assistance available to member states to help work through difficult issues."
– Susan Beard, Education Specialist, Alabama State Department of Education

Midwest Region

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"As an SEA, being a member of the WIDA consortium means much more than simply having access to an English language proficiency assessment. WIDA provides a unique opportunity to be able to work with fellow consortium states to cultivate effective practices for ELs and collaborate on initiatives through the Subcommittees set up to inform decisions that impact the consortium."
– Sam Aguirre, Supervisor, Illinois State Board of Education

West Region

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"Being a SEA member of the WIDA Consortium has offered multiple benefits to Utah educators and students. WIDA facilitates meaningful collaboration with other states which has strengthened our own state policies. Our membership has allowed us to bring high quality professional learning opportunities and robust statewide assessments of language acquisition to all educators and EL students in Utah. Adopting WIDA's rigorous standards and assessments has enabled educators to create supportive learning environments and increased data-driven instruction for Utah’s EL student population. Thank you WIDA!"
– Megan Lopez, Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education

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