WIDA English Language Development Standards

On the Standards site, (link above) see the tutorial to familiarize yourself with the site. Be sure to link to the Download Library (Reddish link right side) which gives you all of the WIDA PDF resources in one place. Note: Some of the testing resources require a password which all teachers can get.

Early Language Development Standards

WIDA is pleased to release the E-ELD Standards for use by early childhood practitioners, including child care, Head Start, preschool/prekindergarten educators, and caregivers.The purpose of the E-ELD standards is to provide a developmentally sound framework for supporting, instructing, and assessing dual language learners (DLLs), ages 2.5-5.5 years.

Can Do Descriptors by Grade Level Cluster

These descriptors give examples for each domain of what ELLs at each level of proficiency CAN DO for each grade level cluster.

WIDA English Language Development Standards 2012 Amplification

The format for the 2012 Amplification goes beyond 2004 and 2007 editions to provide educators with "amplified" examples to support informed applications of the ELD Standards . The WIDA site offers a tutorial on the new format for the 2012 Amplification . For the direct link to the tutorial, go to


In the sidebar, select Thumbnails for the slides and notes for the text.

What's the Same in the 2012 Amplification of the ELD Standards

This blog on the WIDA Blog Site was written by Tammy King, the lead blogger to explain the similarities between the 2007 version and the 2012 Amplification. The standards haven't changed, and many elements remain common. See the Sept. blog for what has changed. The support has be amplified in several ways.

ACADEMIC LANGUAGE This site developed by WIDA provides the Guiding Principles of Language Development that informs the WIDA Standards. See the online video and support resources.

Download Library Contains all of the WIDA PDF files in one place.

ACCESS Interpretive Guide

This site provides an overview of the ACCESS test. It provides a link to the ACCESS Interpretive Guide, link in the top right side bar, explained next to the icon by that name on the page.. . The ACCESS Interpretive Guide provides information on how to interpret the various ACCESS test reports for parents, teachers, and administrators.

Developing a Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Approach to Response to Instruction and Intervention RtIĀ² for English Language Learners Connecting to WIDA Standards, Assessments and other Resources WIDA Consortium Select File to Download Original


VA free videos for WIDA Scroll down to Resources. These videos, with permission from WIDA to use as free resources for teachers, give examples of how teachers teach language functions for each of the standards. Caution: When viewing Standard 5 Social studies, give the students important aspects of comparison to compare and contrast the executive branch and the legislative branch. Examples: 1st aspect of comparison How they get in office and for how long. Students identify the similarities first. For this example, "Both are elected by the people for terms", then do the differences, "president for a 4 year term, max. 2 terms", "senators for 6 years unlimited, reps, 2 years unlimited terms". 2nd aspect. laws Both have power related to laws. Leg. makes laws and can override the veto. Pres. can veto laws, support and suggest laws, etc. Teachers need to scaffold insight into which aspects would be important to compare and contrast by giving them first and progressing to independent use of a Venn.