WIDA resources and research: March 2023

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

New research article on universal tools in English language proficiency assessments
WIDA researchers Alicia Kim, Jason Kemp, Mark Chapman and Gary Cook, along with Meltem Yumsek, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, contributed to new research that examines the extent to which students with and without disabilities in grades 1-12 use universal tools, like color overlays and line guides, during online English language proficiency assessments.

Read the article to learn more about this research and the researchers’ findings. View the article abstract at no cost and the full article for purchase.

In Case You Missed It

ICYMI: Ask Fatima
In case you missed it (ICYMI), Fatima shared the following resources in recent editions of the Ask Fatima column:

New Focus Bulletin: Supporting Multilingual Learners’ Language Growth through Language Development Portfolios 
This new Focus Bulletin tells the story of how a fourth-grade team introduced language development portfolios – a classroom-based tool that can help teachers and multilingual learners see and understand students’ language growth – to their teaching practice. Also included are two sample tools that teachers can use and adapt to capture multilingual learners’ language growth using modified Proficiency Level Descriptors from the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition.

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