Maryland is now a member of the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment, or WIDA, Consortium. WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators. Twenty-eight other states are members of this consortium.
WIDA recognizes that English language development occurs over multiple years, is variable, and depends on many factors (e.g., age, maturation, classroom experiences, programming, motivation, and attitudes), which makes it difficult to establish fixed language expectations for any grade level or age. Based upon many years of research, WIDA designed 5 English Language Development (ELD) Standards. Those standards focus on social and instructional language, the language of Language Arts, the language of math, the language of science, and the language of social studies. An important feature in the WIDA standards framework is an explicit CONNECTION to state content standards.