WIDA MODEL: Incorporating International Teacher Voices

On May 11-12, WIDA researchers and international teachers met at the International School of Brussels for a WIDA MODEL Bias, Sensitivity and Content review. Thank you to almost one hundred international educators who volunteered to support this effort! WIDA selected 16 participants who had the chance to contribute their voices and viewpoints as they previewed potential questions as part of the upcoming WIDA MODEL. 

After an introduction and training on review protocols, participants carefully read and discussed items, then shared feedback with WIDA. Our Assessment team will consider this feedback while refreshing the content for WIDA MODEL. The graphic below shows the many steps that are underway while we work to release WIDA MODEL 1.75.

timeline showing key milestones including international validity study in January, interpretive guide developed in March, comparability study with screener in April, content reviews in May, technical report in June, field testing in the fall

Thank you to all of the teachers who applied to be part of this working group. While we could not invite all applicants to participate in this event, WIDA does recognize the importance of your contributions and we look forward to continuing our conversations in the future. We value the sense of community that we have built in the global WIDA network. One Brussels participant shared:

WIDA stands out from other organizations in that, regardless of our concerns or questions, we always receive a thoughtful response or follow up. It never feels as though we are dealing with a huge company, and we always feel like we have a voice. For me, that was one of the reasons I was so happy to volunteer this past weekend. I really feel that you are making a difference for the professionals in the field and the wonderful children we serve.  (Gail O’Connell, International School of Amsterdam). 

chart of assessments with man talking group reading at a table