Spanish Language Development Standards

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A tool to help educators support Spanish language development in multilingual learners

The WIDA Spanish Language Development (SLD) Standards outline the progression of Spanish language development in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The Standards apply to students whose home language is Spanish, as well as students who are learning Spanish as an additional language.

Using the Standards for Instruction

The WIDA SLD Standards serve as a resource for planning and implementing language instruction and assessment for multilinguals who are learning academic content in Spanish. Educators can use the standards to:

  • Guide the language development of academic Spanish and the academic success of students receiving content instruction in Spanish
  • Develop curriculum, instruction, and assessment of students receiving content instruction in Spanish
  • Encourage and maximize the use of multiple language resources in the classroom community
  • Support and frame collaboration among educators of emergent multilingual students and instructional teams who serve them

WIDA designed the SLD Standards upon the same framework as the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards. However, the SLD Standards are not a direct translation of the ELD Standards. They approach language use through the same lens, but were developed by bilingual educators with a focus on the unique nature of the Spanish language.

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The Five Standards

  • Standard 1 – Social and Instructional Language
    Emergent bilinguals communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting
  • Standard 2 – The Language of Language Arts
    Emergent bilinguals communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of language arts
  • Standard 3 – The Language of Mathematics
    Emergent bilinguals communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of mathematics
  • Standard 4 – The Language of Science
    Emergent bilinguals communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of science
  • Standard 5 – The Language of Social Studies
    Emergent bilinguals communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of social studies

Prime V2 for Standards Correlation

If you would like to find instructional materials that have gone through the WIDA PRIME V2 correlation process to determine how well they correlate with the WIDA English or Spanish Language Development Standards, or to receive training on how to correlate educational materials, please visit our PRIME V2 website.