Implementation of the English Language Proficiency Standards Across the WIDA Consortium

WCER Working Paper No. 2013-07

Daniella Molle

November 2013, 17 pp.

ABSTRACT: This working paper examines the ways in which some educators in the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) consortium use the WIDA English language proficiency (ELP) standards. Many educators see the standards as a tool that can guide them in differentiating instruction and supporting language development among English Language Learners (ELLs). WIDA shares this view and invests considerable resources in designing, revising, and publishing the standards. In addition, all professional development that WIDA provides is in some ways linked to the standards. The study described here is WIDA’s first attempt to systematically assemble and analyze evidence related to this assumption.

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keywords: English language learners, English language proficiency standards, WIDA consortium, ESL instruction and teachers. WIDA CAN DO descriptors.