Resource Library

If you are looking for ACCESS checklists or Identification and Placement Guidance documents, please visit your member page from the Members/States dropdown.

Filter resources by:

Clear All

Secure Resources

Test Administrators and District Test Coordinators can find role-specific resources in the following portals:

WIDA Secure Portal

International School Consortium Secure Portal

Technology Coordinators can find role-specific resources in the following portal:

WIDA AMS

Embedding the Can Do Cycle Throughout the School Year

This Focus Bulletin reframes the WIDA Can Do Philosophy as a can do cycle of actions that can be embedded into teaching and learning experiences throughout the entire school year. In it, we offer resource banks of questions that can be used to elicit student assets and reflect on ways to build on student assets at the beginning of each unit, during each unit, and at the end of each unit.

Published April 2022
Authors: Maya Martinez-Hart, Christina Nelson

Resource Details View Resource Download Now

Engaging with Families of Young Multilingual Children

This WIDA Snapshot is grounded in WIDA’s ABCs of Family Engagement and can be used to initiate reflection and conversation on local efforts to engage with families of multilingual children.

Resource Details View Resource Download Now

English Language Arts

The purpose of this WIDA Focus Bulletin is to provide guidance to teachers of English language arts (ELA) who are implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and working to respond to the specific needs of ELLs. In their treatment of academic language (or the language of school), the CCSS represent a departure from existing content standards.

Published November 2013
Authors: Daniella Molle, Mariana Castro, Julia Cortada, Leslie Grimm

Resource Details View Resource Download Now

English Language Proficiency Standards Grade 6 Through Grade 12, 2007 Edition

The 2007 ELP Standards for grades 6-12 reflected the social and academic dimensions of acquiring a second language that were expected of ELLs in grades 6-12 attending schools in the United States. Each ELP standard addressed a specific context for English language development.

Resource Details View Resource Download Now

English Language Proficiency Standards PreKindergarten Through Grade 5, 2007 Edition

The 2007 ELP Standards for grades PreK-5 reflected the social and academic dimensions of acquiring a second language that were expected of ELLs in grades PreK-5 attending schools in the United States. Each ELP standard addressed a specific context for English language development.

Resource Details View Resource Download Now

ENL New Arrival High School Students: Encouraging Communication in a New Language

WIDA Video Contest Winner

Mindy Lewis-Hitch develops a grade-level, standards-based unit and provides her ninth graders with clear modeling and guided practice using game-type activities for Romeo and Juliet. Mindy also demonstrates working with colleagues to help raise awareness of scaffolding lessons so all learners can be engaged.

Resource Details

Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness Using ACCESS for ELLs

Regardless of the growth model, aggregate test-score-based models of student growth require large and longitudinally connected samples of student data. When sample sizes are small it becomes impossible to reliably estimate and disentangle district, school and teacher effects from student growth data.

Published June 2015 
Author: Narek Sahakyan

Resource Details View Resource Download Now

Examination of Identification and Placement Decisions Made for K–12 English Learners

This study examines how 476 K–12 educators in 35 U.S. states identify and place English learners in language instruction educational programs. Findings reveal information about these educators, the instruments and information sources they use for decision making, and their perceived appropriateness of the decisions. Results provide practical implications for improving the English learner identification and placement decision at the district and school levels.

October 2018 
Authors: Ahyoung Alicia Kim, Daniella Molle, Jason Kemp, H. Gary Cook

Resource Details

Examining District-Level Growth Using ACCESS for ELLs

This research report provides a description of a study examining school districts in the WIDA Consortium whose English language learners (ELLs) exhibit consistently high growth on the ACCESS for ELLs (ACCESS) assessment.

Published August 2014 
Authors: Narek Sahakyan, H. Gary Cook

Resource Details View Resource Download Now

Examining English Learner Testing, Proficiency and Growth: Before and Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

This report examines English learners’ (EL) testing, proficiency and growth in the academic years of 2018–19, 2019–20 and 2020–21, using population-level data from ACCESS for ELLs Online, administered across the WIDA Consortium to students identified as ELs. The objective of the report is to shed light on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on ELs’ educational outcomes.

October 2021 
Authors: Narek Sahakyan, H. Gary Cook

Resource Details View Resource Download Now