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English Language Development (ELD) Standards


ELD Standards Review Process Begins

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a transparent and comprehensive process for reviewing and revising academic standards. The process began with a Notice of Intent to review and a month-long public comment period which began on January 28, 2020. The State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council will examine those comments on February 28, 2020, and recommend whether to revise or develop those standards. The State Superintendent determines whether to move forward with a revision process or continue with the current standards. If revision or development is determined to be needed, a state writing committee is then formed to work on those standards for all grade levels. That draft is then made openly available for review to get feedback from the public, key stakeholders, educators, and the Legislature, with further review by the State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council. The State Superintendent then determines the adoption of the standards.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is a founding member of the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) consortium, and an early adopter of the WIDA English Language Development (WIDA ELD) standards and assessment suite. WIDA is a multistate consortium focused on academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high-quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators.

The WIDA ELD standards, developed with the input of Wisconsin educators, support students’ social, instructional, and academic language proficiency. The four academic areas include language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The WIDA ELD standards articulate a continuum of language development from the beginning stages to more advanced. The WIDA ELD standards are designed to support the language development of students’ receptive and productive skills in the four domains of Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.

These ELD Standards serve as a resource for planning and implementing language instruction and assessment for multilingual learners as they learn academic content.  Visit WIDA’s English Language Development Standards page to learn more.


For questions about this information, contact Amy Maciolek (608) 266-1570