World-Class Instructional Design & Assessment


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 Standards address not only social and instructional language development but also the subject specific languages of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. WIDA has also developed CAN DO Descriptors to help teachers and para-educators who work with ELL students to plan differentiated instruction and lessons, and to informally gauge student progress.


For formal assessment of ELL students, the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) is an English language proficiency screening tool for incoming students, used to identify and provide services for students who need support, while the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs) is given annually to monitor students’ progress in acquiring English.



WIDA links

WIDA Consortium home page
Performance Definitions for WIDA’s Levels of English Language Proficiency
WIDA Speaking and Writing Rubrics

WIDA RtI for ELLs 

WIDA 2012 Amplified English Language Development (ELD) Standards:
WIDA Amplified ELD Standards
Performance Definitions for Listening & Reading
Performance Definitions for Speaking & Writing
Features of Academic Language
Amplification Overview Tutorial


WIDA CAN DO Descriptors: 
CAN DO Descriptors Overview
CAN DO Philosophy
PreK-Kindergarten CAN DO Descriptors
Grades 1-2 CAN DO Descriptors 
Grades 3-5 CAN DO Descriptors
Grades 6-8 CAN DO Descriptors
Grades 9-12 CAN DO Descriptors

WIDA Assessments:
W-APT Screener


WIDA Focus Bulletins:

Focus on Differentiation, Part I

Focus on Differentiation, Part II
Focus on Formative Assessment
Focus on Language & Culture


WIDA Download Library

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.
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