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The Maryland has joined the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium and has adopted the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards. As a multi-state coalition of state departments of education, WIDA acts in collaboration to research, design and implement a standards-based educational system that promotes equitable educational opportunities for English language learners (ELLs).
Organization and Format
WIDA's grade-level ELD Standards are directly aligned to the corresponding grade-level Common Core State Curriculum (CCSC) and utilize five proficiency levels—entering, emerging, developing, expanding, and bridging—to measure the progression of a student's English language development. The basic format of the standards is represented with language proficiency levels along the horizontal strand and the language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing along the vertical axis. The key elements of the standards are 1) a direct connection to the CCSC, 2) a uniform cognitive function across the levels of language proficiency, 3) topical, grade-level vocabulary related to the content-based example, and 4) a context for language use descriptive of the genre/text type and tasks. In addition, the academic language focus of the WIDA Consortium’s ELD Standards incorporates not only language arts and mathematics standards but also the content areas of science and social studies.
The WIDA ELD Standards are intended to be used by Maryland’s local school system policy makers, curriculum specialists, administrators, classroom teachers, English for teachers of other languages (ESOL) teachers, and other school personnel who work with ELLs. They will serve as a critical resource for understanding the linguistic needs and abilities of ELLs, creating ESOL instructional models, writing curricula, designing assessments, and monitoring ELLs' progress as they move through the five stages of language proficiency.
Local school systems will use the WIDA ELD Standards as a basis for developing their own curricula incorporating a scope and sequence that can be adapted to their individual program requirements and their ELL population. With the WIDA ELD Standards as a guide and through collaboration of ESOL and content area teachers, ELLs will be provided with quality instruction that enables them to meet school expectations, perform well on mandated assessments, and become college and career ready.
Click the link below to access the WIDA ELD standards: Pre-K*, Kindergarten, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.
More information on these standards can be found at: http://wida.us/standards/elp.aspx