The 2020 Edition

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Putting it all together: from release to rollout

The WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition serves as a resource for planning and implementing language curriculum, instruction and assessment for multilingual learners.

Educators can use the 2020 Edition to

  • Promote and guide systematic, explicit, and sustained language development
  • Support and frame collaboration among educators to plan for content and language integration in culturally and linguistically sustaining ways
  • Monitor multilingual learners’ language growth
  • Provide standards-referenced feedback to students and families

A practical tool for the times, the 2020 Edition

  • Represents an evolution of our understanding – in both the theory and practice – about how multilingual learners engage with the curriculum, and how educators can work together to build on the assets of all learners
  • Updates the existing WIDA ELD Standards Framework to align with academic content standards and disciplinary practices, and to remain current with policy and theory
  • Continues to break new ground to advance the field of language development in support of content learning for students who are culturally and linguistically diverse

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View and download the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition: Kindergarten-Grade 12

Grade-level cluster-specific versions of the 2020 Edition are also available in the Resource Library.

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New: WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Digital Explorer

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What's new and different in the 2020 Edition

  • A robust standards framework makes the language of academic content explicit and visible, and provides a coherent approach to language development
  • Grade-level cluster materials represent the WIDA ELD Standards Framework in action
  • A sample collaborative planning process for content-language integration offers a jump-off point for curricular conversations
  • Six grade-level clusters (K, 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12) and six proficiency levels correspond with those of ACCESS for ELLs Online
  • Annotated Language Samples illustrate the WIDA ELD Standards Statements, Key Language Uses, and Language Expectations, Functions, and Features in authentic, grade-level texts.

What's changed and what's the same from the 2007 and 2012 editions? See the Appendix E of the 2020 Edition: Comparison Chart

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Resources for Implementation

Learning Opportunities for Educators

See the ELD Standards Framework Professional Development page for

  • Self-paced eWorkshops for WIDA Consortium members
  • Recorded webinars for the public
  • The Virtual Institute for WIDA International School Consortium members
  • Focus Bulletins based on topics in the 2020 Edition

Timeline for Rollout

WIDA Consortium members/states: refer to your department of education’s guidelines for rollout and implementation. Each WIDA member/state determines their own timeline.

WIDA International School Consortium members: refer to independently created timelines and rollout plans developed at your school.

Previous Editions

WIDA intends to fully retire the 2012 Amplification of the WIDA English Language Development Standards, Kindergarten-Grade 12. However, we recognize that all member SEAs have different timelines for implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition. With that in mind, the 2012 Amplification will remain in the Resource Library so that educators whose SEAs are still using it may access it as needed. The 2007 and 2004 editions are fully retired.

Related Pages

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Get an overview of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, the Big Ideas, and the four components of the framework.

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