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Implementation of the English Language Proficiency Standards Across the WIDA Consortium

This study examined the ways in which educators across the WIDA Consortium use WIDA’s English language proficiency standards, and in particular the model performance indicators (MPIs).

Published May 2013 
Author: Daniella Molle

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Implementation of the English Language Proficiency Standards Across the WIDA Consortium

This paper finds that many educators see the WIDA English language proficiency standards as a tool that can guide them in differentiating instruction and supporting language development among English language learners.

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Including Recently Arrived English Learners in State Accountability Systems: An Empirical Illustration of Models

Based on a U.S. Department of Education guide, these model analyses illustrate procedures a state could use to compare and contrast school-level overall and English learner accountability determinations for proficiency in reading/language arts. These examples are provided only to illustrate how a state could undertake them as part of its efforts to develop and explore a theory of action for assessment of recently arrived English learners.

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Individual Characteristics Questionnaire

This is an example of the Individual Characteristics Questionnaire (ICQ), which is part of WIDA Alternate ACCESS. The ICQ captures characteristics of students who take Alternate ACCESS. Test Administrators will fill out the ICQ for each student and that information will be reported on the Individual Student Report. ICQ information can help educator teams make program decisions for students. Prior to administering Alternate ACCESS, download and print this example ICQ and use it to consult with Individual Education Plan (IEP) team members about students.

Disclaimer: The ICQ was designed for print. WIDA intends to take steps in the future to make a version that is web accessible.

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Informe Para Padres y Tutores Legales

Este informe le proporciona información sobre el nivel de competencia de su hijo/a en el idioma inglés, tanto en el lenguaje social como en el académico.

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Interactive Learning with Multilingual Learners in Content-Area Classrooms

​​This Focus Bulletin explores how interactive learning can benefit multilingual learners. Expressing and co-constructing ideas are discussed as two aspects of interactive learning that are important for the learning and wellbeing of multilingual youth.

Published December 2021 
Authors: Jennifer Wilfrid, Daniella Molle

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Interpretation and Use of K–12 Language Proficiency Assessment Score Reports: Perspectives of Educators and Parents

This paper examine how 18 K–12 educators from 13 states and 12 parents from two states interpret and use score reports from the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs. Educators frequently referred to the proficiency level index of the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and the composite domains to interpret student performance, to make school-level decisions about programming and lesson planning, and to inform district-level budgeting and professional development. Parents found the score report to be helpful, but rarely took additional actions to use its information.

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Introduciendo a WIDA

WIDA establece las bases para el éxito un aula a la vez. ¡Estamos conscientes de lo que pueden lograr los estudiantes multilingües y sus educadores! Continuamente establecemos las mejores prácticas en la industria, apoyamos la defensa estudiantil y ofrecemos oportunidades de desarrollo profesional de primera clase para los maestros. ¡Vea cómo lo hacemos!

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Introducing WIDA

WIDA builds the foundations of success one classroom at a time. We know what multilingual students and their educators can do! We continually establish the industry’s best practices, support student advocacy and offer second to none professional development opportunities for teachers. Watch how we work!

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Introducing WIDA Screener for Kindergarten

This WIDA Screener for Kindergarten eSummit session recording provides an in depth look at the test.

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Introduction to the 2020 Edition

Members of the WIDA standards development team share a high-level overview of what’s new and exciting in the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition. Intended for SEA representatives, district leaders, and EL and content teachers.

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Introduction to the Updated Key Language Uses

One of the components of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework is the Key Language Uses (KLUs). The KLUs summarize the most prominent language uses across disciplines, helping educators organize and prioritize curriculum and instruction. Learn about the updated KLUs – Inform, Narrate, Explain and Argue.

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Introduction to the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition

This video provides an introductory overview of the WIDA English Language Development Standards, 2020 Edition. It briefly highlights how the 2020 Edition is centered on equity and fosters the assets, contributions, and potential of multilingual learners.

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Investigación-acción: Un catalizador para la enseñanza y el aprendizaje integral en contextos multilingües

Este Resumen informativo de WIDA presenta la Investigación-acción — un concepto que resalta el trabajo mutuo entre investigadores y educadores para abordar los desafíos en el salón de clases — lo que alienta a los maestros a utilizar sus voces para hacer contribuciones significativas al campo, ya sea a través de esfuerzos colaborativos o independientes.

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Investigating K-12 English Learners' Use of Universal Tools Embedded in Online Language Assessments

This study examined how English learners in Grades 1-12, with and without disabilities, used online accessibility features during an ELP assessment. These accessibility features are designed to provide the necessary support for the general EL population, including ELs with disabilities.

Published March 2019 
Authors: Ahyoung Alicia Kim, Meltem Yumsek, Mark Chapman, H. Gary Cook

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Justicia social a través de políticas educativas

En este boletín de enfoque, WIDA reseña las leyes y políticas que moldearon la educación del lenguaje en los EE. UU. Este documento presenta consecuencias inesperadas de estas políticas en los programas y la enseñanza de estudiantes bi/multilingües; destaca cómo practicantes en el ámbito educativo lidian con las políticas y sus consecuencias; e incluye herramientas para la reflexión, colaboración, capacitación profesional y relaciones comunitarias.

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Keeping the Conversation Going: The Role of Interaction in Language Development

Interaction is of great importance in classrooms, where bi/multilingual students exchange ideas and contribute to a community of learners as they continue to expand their linguistic repertoire. That is why interaction is one of the six Big Ideas of the Marco DALE. In this Focus Bulletin, we explore interaction and its connection to multiliteracies and the Marco DALE modes of communication and Language Expectations. 

Published 2024
Authors: Analleli Hernández, Margo Gottlieb

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Kindergarten ACCESS Accommodations Checklist

Checklist for IEP teams to prepare for administering Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs.

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La colaboración: Trabajando juntos al servicio de los estudiantes multilingües

Este boletín de enfoque de WIDA enfatiza los múltiples beneficios de la colaboración. El modo colaborativo se presenta como un proceso cíclico que requiere la responsabilidad mutua por parte de los docentes que enseñan y evalúan a estudiantes multilingües — mientras también planifican para y reflexionan sobre el éxito académico de ellos.

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La filosofía de valorización de WIDA

Todo lo que hace WIDA está respaldado por la filosofía de valorización. Nuestra labor comienza con la articulación de ejemplos de los recursos de los estudiantes bilingües y continúa con la forma en que diseñamos nuestros productos y llevamos adelante nuestra investigación.

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