Around the world, educators know that WIDA is more than a test
More and more educators are using WIDA resources to serve multilingual learners in international schools. They appreciate that the components of the WIDA standards and assessment system align to support both language learning and academic achievement. Educators have expressed that using WIDA resources transforms their conversations by helping them discover what their multilingual learners can do.
In 2014, a team of educators with international experience reviewed information from international educators using the WIDA English Language Development Standards in classrooms serving English language learners outside the U.S. This team determined the WIDA Standards are relevant and useful for international educators, but recommended adding connections to the International Baccalaureate (IB). The WIDA English Language Development Standards and Resource Guide, International Edition Kindergarten–Grade 12 includes content connections from the IB Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP).
WIDA Standards in Practice
- The Lincoln School in Buenos Aires has used the WIDA English and Spanish Language Development standards to align its bilingual program with the Argentine National Curriculum.
- The American International School of Bucharest has integrated WIDA assessments and resources with the International Baccalaureate program to support the integration of language and content instruction.
- The International Community School in Addis Ababa has integrated WIDA resources with a Response to Intervention model to create an inclusive learning environment for multilingual school community.
- The Carol Morgan School in Santo Domingo has integrated the WIDA Can Do Philosophy and WIDA assessment tools in order to shift from a pull-out to a collaborative model, co-planning, co-teaching, co-assessing, and co-reflecting to scaffold learning for multilingual students.
A Community of Schools and Educators
As part of the global WIDA community, members of the International School Consortium are at the forefront of international education by using WIDA resources to develop inclusive programs that build on the assets of all learners. International accreditation agencies, recruiting organizations and regional professional networks recognize WIDA as a research center providing global expertise and leadership for teachers of multilingual learners.