WIDA resources and research: January 2022

To support multilingual students and educators, WIDA provides resources and research on a range of topics. See what’s new, review what you might have missed, or have a sneak peek at what is coming soon.

New Resources and Research

WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition: What’s the same and what’s been updated?

In the Winter 2021 issue of MinneTESOL Journal, WIDA researchers Lynn Shafer Willner, Fernanda Marinho Kray and Margo Gottlieb provide a comprehensive overview of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework in “What’s the Same and What’s Been Updated in the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition?”

WIDA Focus Bulletin on Interactive Learning with Multilingual Learners

WIDA’s latest Focus Bulletin Interactive Learning with Multilingual Learners in Content-Area Classrooms explores how interactive learning can benefit multilingual learners by promoting equitable instructional practices, expanding students’ content-area knowledge, supporting language development, and bolstering student engagement. It discusses expressing and co-constructing ideas as two aspects of interactive learning that are important for the learning and well-being of multilingual youth.

Advancing ALTELLA Snapshot: Testing Accommodations and Alternate Assessment Methods for Students with Disabilities

Advancing ALTELLA Snapshots are short, informative articles that highlight experts, educators, and topics of interest. The first snapshot features Advancing ALTELLA expert Steve Elliott. Read the snapshot to learn more about Steve and to get his take on “Testing Accommodations and Alternate Assessment Methods for Students with Disabilities.”

Advancing ALTELLA is a grant-funded project that applies lessons learned from research on successful instructional practices, accommodations, and assessment of English learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities to inform development of alternate English language proficiency assessments.

In Case You Missed It

WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition: New grade-level cluster booklets available!

Are you looking for a resource that is focused on the grade level you teach and that will help you enact the WIDA ELD Standards Framework? View or download the six new booklets at no cost on the 2020 Edition webpage, or purchase a spiral-bound booklet from the WIDA Store. Looking for the complete version of the 2020 Edition? View or download it on the 2020 Edition webpage. Or, purchase the spiral-bound book from the WIDA Store.

New Research Report Examining Long-Term Growth Trajectories of ELs with and without IEPs

Motivated by a 2018 WIDA report pointing to an overlap between English Learners (ELs) with Individualized Education Program (IEP) designations and those ELs who could be identified as long-term English learners (LTELs), WIDA conducted a study focused on these dual-identified students. Read more about this study in Examining Growth at the Intersection of IEP and (Long-Term) EL Status in the Resource Library.