World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)

World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)

What is World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)?

Massachusetts has joined the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) consortium of 30 states. WIDA introduces new English Language Development (ELD) standards to Massachusetts’ public schools.  Under federal laws, English language learners are required to participate in three state assessments on an annual basis:  (1) English language proficiency, (2)  reading/language arts, and (2) mathematics.  Our state’s test for the purpose of English language proficiency is known as the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs. 

WIDA ACCESS for ELLs is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners' social and academic proficiency in English.  It assesses social and instructional English used within the school context as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies across the four language domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing).

What does it mean for school districts in Massachusetts?

  • In January 2013, Massachusetts began administering the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) assessment for the first time.  ACCESS for ELLs replaces the Massachusetts English Proficiency Assessment-Reading/Writing (MEPA-R/W) and the Massachusetts English Language Assessment-Oral (MELA-O).
  • In addition, the WIDA English Language Development Standards replaced the MA English Language Performance Benchmarks and Outcomes (ELPBO).

How does CES help schools and school districts in this work?

CES' Center for English Language Education and Academic Achievement (CELE) was selected as one of Massachusetts’ professional development providers regarding WIDA. 

Our consultants have worked with the Massachusetts District and School and Assistance Centers (DSACs) providing WIDA training in the following regions: Berkshire, Central, and Pioneer Valley.

Currently, we offer open-enrollment WIDA professional development trainings, and are also available to respond to and work in individual districts and schools around this important initiative.

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