2020 Vision for Standards

WIDA English Language Development Standards, 2020 Edition Kindergarten – Grade 12

The WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition illuminates a vision where all students can develop language and learn content together.

The 2020 Edition:

  • Builds on ideas and concepts from existing resources and prior editions
  • Addresses the latest theory, policy and practice
  • Incorporates ideas and feedback from educators around the world
  • Complies with all federal requirements under ESSA and serves as the foundation for systems that foster students’ engaged interactive learning and collaborative educator practice

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Resources for Educators

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Key Milestones

WIDA continues to finalize the WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on schools and communities around the world, WIDA is reviewing the timeline for the release of the 2020 edition. WIDA is collaborating with state education agencies to determine the best timeline due to the circumstances.

Fall 2019: Give Input

  • Review drafts of the WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition. [completed]
  • Submit your feedback to the public input survey. [completed]
  • Continue the discussion on social media #WIDAstandards.

Winter 2019 - Spring 2020: Prepare

  • Share with your colleagues that a 2020 edition of the WIDA ELD Standards is coming!
  • Promote the 2020 Vision flyer and updated Guiding Principles.
  • Build awareness by establishing a stakeholder group to build an action plan for implementation.

Summer 2020 and Beyond: Build Awareness

  • Learn about the WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition with your colleagues.
  • Refer to WIDA resources to help guide your process.
  • Learn about possible impacts to ACCESS for ELLs. Note: WIDA estimates that new ACCESS Online test items based on the 2020 edition would be operationalized no sooner than 2024-25.