WIDA

What is WIDA? 

WIDA is an assessment tool used by the Michigan Department of Education to assess language proficiency for English Learners (ELs).

What are the WIDA Standards?

A framework that distinguishes five levels of language proficiency which are defined by specific criteria: Entering, Emerging, Developing, Expanding, and Bridging. Level 6 (Reaching) represents the end of the continuum rather than another level of language proficiency.

  • English Language Development Standard 1: English language learners communicate for Social and Instructional purposes within the school setting
  • English Language Development Standard 2: English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Language Arts
  • English Language Development Standard 3: English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Mathematics
  • English Language Development Standard 4: English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Science
  • English Language Development Standard 5: English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Social Studies

WIDA Development Standards Framework - 2020 Edition

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.

This comprehensive manual includes an in-depth explanation of the ELD Standards Framework, Grade-Level Cluster Materials, and additional Resources.

Video DocumentWatch the introductory video here

PDF DocumentAccess and download the PDF here

External LinkFor more resources visit WIDA Development Standards Page

 


 

As WIDA is a State-Mandated Test, there are set dates and deadlines provided by the State of Michigan Department of Education.

PDF Document2023 WIDA List of Important Dates

Explaining ELL Status

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What Is Language Testing?

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Guiding Principles of Language Development

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Illustrated Guiding Principles of Language Development

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What Is ACCESS for ELLs?

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ACCESS for ELLs: Understanding Your Child's Scores

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Alternate ACCESS for ELLs: Understanding Your Child's Scores

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Family Connections Through Home Languages

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If you have questions or need assistance regarding WIDA testing, please contact the District Assessment Coordinator - Francisca Kidder: francisca.kidder@lansingschools.net

11,500 Enrollment by 2025
85% Graduation Rate by 2025
90% Attendance by 2025