Alabama Delaware District of Columbia Georgia Hawaii Illinois Kentucky Maine Mississippi New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico North Carolina North Dakota Oklahoma Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Dakota Vermont Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming The WIDA Consortium WIDA states represent approximately 840,000 K-12 English Language Learners.
Principle #1: Have a Clear Mission To promote educational equity and academic achievement for linguistically and culturally diverse students through the development and dissemination of curricular, instructional, and assessment products and resources.
Principle #2: A Clear Vision of Products and Services Common set of research-based English language proficiency standards aligned to state academic content standards Common English proficiency assessment based on the standards Research Professional development Continuous improvement
Principle #3: Strong Public/Private Partnerships and/or Contractual Relationships Non profit, state administered cooperative with 22 member states Affiliation with two notable research institutions: Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at UW-Madison The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) Working with leaders in the fields of ELL education and assessment Commercial vendor, MetriTech Inc, sought through competitive bid process
Organization of Consortium Activities WIDA Management WCER & WIDA Board of Directors (SEAs) Test Development Center for Applied Linguistics PDSR MetriTech, Inc Standards Development Margo Gottlieb, Lead Developer
Principle #4: Accountability and Capacity Consortium Members Meet federal and state requirements Meet educator needs (and ultimately students) Provide useful tools and information at all levels University Fiscal Regulatory
Principle #5: Involve Stakeholders in Decision Making State (SEA) Advisory Board provides policy and product direction Educators participate in standards, test item and curricular materials development and refinement Open lines of communication
Principle #6: Plan for the Long Term Consortium Applications: A clear plan for how the consortium will thrive beyond the initial development phase (at least 3 – 5 years) A good project home Products and services that SEAs and/or LEAs need A source for future funding (revenue generating) Ongoing input from constituents for improvement (product iterations) Combination of sole source and bids as needed State as much as possible EXPLICITLY in the grant application!
Principle #7: Assess Adequacy and Efficiency What can go wrong? Consortium … assumes that the SEAs can manage the products after they are developed over customizes what should be the core (e.g., common standards and assessments) does not have a plan for long term management and product renewal is stuck in a bureaucracy that does not understand its needs is not innovative enough in original design has not discussed procurement hurdles with member states
WIDA New Development Examples ONPAR (Obtaining Necessary Parity in Academic Rigor) Mathematics and Science assessments FLARE (Formative Language Assessments Records for English Language Learners) SAIL (Standards, Assessments and Instructional Links) Centers for Addressing Academic Language within Schools TOYBOX (Tools for Observing Young Bilinguals’ Oral eXperiences) Pre-School Assessments Computer-based Testing (ACCESS for ELLs)