Working together to support states, territories and federal agencies, and their ELs
The WIDA Consortium is made up of 41 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 multilingual 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, territories and federal agencies are divided into four regions: Northeast, Midwest, South and West.
WIDA involves state and local educators in developing, designing and implementing this comprehensive system of supporting multilingual learners. Various opportunities include:
- participating on the WIDA Advisory Board
- participating in committees
- assisting with field testing
- assisting with bias, sensitivity and content reviews
- 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.
All WIDA Consortium members 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. ACCESS for ELLs Checklists and Identification and Placement Guidance documents can be found on these pages.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.
Learn more about these and other opportunities on the Building a WIDA Assessment page.
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"