WIDA Consortium

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WIDA Consortium
Established 2002
Location Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Website www.wida.us

WIDA Consortium[edit]

The WIDA Consortium (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment - WIDA) is an educational consortium of state departments of education. Currently, 37 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, participate in the WIDA Consortium. WIDA designs and implements proficiency standards and assessment for grade K-12 students who are English language learners, as well as a set of proficiency standards and assessments for Spanish language learners. WIDA also provides professional development to educators and conducts research on instructional practices, as well as the results and use of the ACCESS and W-APT English language proficiency assessments.

WIDA was established in 2003 with a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the purpose of creating English language proficiency standards and assessments. The purpose of such Enhanced Assessment Grants is to support State activities designed to improve the quality, validity, and reliability of state academic assessments beyond the requirements for such assessments described in section 111(b)(3) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Member State Department of Education Website
Alabama http://www.alsde.edu/html/home.asp
Alaska https://education.alaska.gov/
Colorado http://www.cde.state.co.us/
Delaware http://www.doe.k12.de.us/
District of Columbia http://dcps.dc.gov/portal/site/DCPS/
Florida http://fldoe.org/
Georgia http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/
Hawaii http://doe.k12.hi.us/index.php
Idaho https://www.sde.idaho.gov/
Illinois http://www.isbe.state.il.us/
Indiana http://www.doe.in.gov/
Kentucky http://www.education.ky.gov/KDE/
Maine http://www.maine.gov/education/
Maryland http://www.mdk12.org/
Massachusetts http://www.doe.mass.edu/
Michigan http://www.michigan.gov/mde
Minnesota http://education.state.mn.us/mde/index.html
Missouri http://dese.mo.gov/
Montana http://mt.gov/education/default.mcpx
Nevada http://www.doe.nv.gov/
New Hampshire http://www.education.nh.gov/
New Jersey http://www.nj.gov/education/
New Mexico http://www.ped.state.nm.us/
North Carolina http://www.ncpublicschools.org/
North Dakota http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/
Northern Mariana Islands http://www.cnmipss.org/
Oklahoma http://sde.state.ok.us/
Pennsylvania http://www.education.state.pa.us
Puerto Rico http://www.de.gobierno.pr/
Rhode Island http://www.ride.ri.gov/
South Carolina https://ed.sc.gov/
South Dakota http://doe.sd.gov/
Tennessee https://www.tn.gov/education/
Utah http://www.schools.utah.gov/main/
Vermont http://www.education.vermont.gov/
Virginia http://www.doe.virginia.gov/
Wisconsin http://dpi.wi.gov/
Wyoming http://www.k12.wy.us/

WIDA provides several assessments for use with English language learners. The W-APT (WIDA ACCESS Placement Test) is most often used as a screening test to determine the language level of students entering a school system. These results are used most frequently to determine if a student is eligible for ESL or ESOL services. The W-APT test has been in use since 2006. The ACCESS test is given yearly and the results are used to determine the student's growth and progress, as well as to inform instruction for the next year. This test has been administered annually in WIDA member states beginning in the 2005-06 academic year. The WIDA MODEL K-12 assessment is used in the U.S. and several other countries as a test of English language proficiency.

In addition to its consortium member state partners, the WIDA project partners with the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. and MetriTech, Inc. of Champaign, IL, and most recently, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), Maple Grove, MN.

The WIDA Consortium administrative office is located in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.