Standards Framework and its Theoretical Foundations

This document articulates the theoretical foundations for the 2012 Amplification of the WIDA English Language Development Standards, Kindergarten-Grade 12. The 2012 Amplification and its theoretical foundations are in the process of being retired. For the most up-to-date information, please see Appendix F: Theoretical Foundations in the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition.

The 2012 Amplification of the WIDA ELD Standards drew on multiple theories and approaches in an effort to describe language use in academic contexts, as this is the language students must acquire and negotiate to participate successfully in school. These multiple theories and approaches formed a theoretical foundation that supported the 2012 WIDA ELD standards framework. This document articulates that theoretical foundation.