WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design & Assessment) is a consortium of 38 states (as of 2016) and the District of Columbia created to advance academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators. Wyoming is a consortium member and has adopted WIDA’s English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and assessments. Montana, Colorado, the Dakotas, Idaho, and Utah are also consortium members.
The five WIDA English Language Proficiency Standardsaddress not only social and instructional language development but also the subject specific languages of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. WIDA has also developedCAN DO Descriptorsto help teachers and para-educators who work with ELL students to plan differentiated instruction and lessons, and to informally gauge student progress.
The State of Wyoming provides Hathaway Merit and Need-based Scholarships to all eligible Wyoming students attending Wyoming Community Colleges or the University of Wyoming. Contact your school counselor for more information.