Advancing the field of multilingual learner education

WIDA research expands knowledge on effectively teaching multilingual learners and assessing what they know and can do in a fair and valid way. We work in partnership with districts, states, and national experts to conduct research focused on understanding and supporting equitable and inclusive educational practices and outcomes for multilingual learners to inform educators, policymakers, families/caregivers, and the research community.

WIDA is housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), one of the first and most productive education research centers in the world. WCER is part of the top-ranked School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

  • WIDA researchers are thought leaders who further the field with publications and presentations in the U.S. and internationally
  • WIDA research drives the design, development, enhancement and innovation of WIDA teaching tools and assessments
  • WIDA research influences policy and practice, and impacts the community of multilingual learners
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Featured Educator

"WIDA has helped me achieve my educational goals by providing a wealth of information on all things. I use the WIDA website for ELD standards, proficiency levels, resources, research, assessment tools and more."

Eva Schutter, EL Teacher 
Morris, Illinois

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Explore Research at WIDA

WIDA research covers a wide variety of focus areas in multilingual learner education.

Our researchers are advancing the field in innovative research projects and grants.

WIDA researchers regularly produce publications that appear in scholarly journals and books around the world.