All About WIDA Standards

What is WIDA and what are WIDA Standards?

WIDA stands for World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment and WIDA standards. Educators use WIDA ELL Assessments to deliver high-quality education to English language learners. If you are an ESL teacher, you should know about WIDA because they are a great resource for you.

What does WIDA do?

WIDA offers various assessments to measure students’ progress in English language development. First, it offers the WIDA Model, which is a suite of assessments for grades K-12.

Then, WIDA also offers the WIDA Screener on-demand assessment. The screener helps educators decide whether an incoming Grades 1-12 student would benefit from language support services.

What do we use WIDA standards for?

Teachers can use WIFDA scores to predict student performance on ACCESS for ELLs.

What are the WIDA English Language Development Standards?

How does WIDA score?

WIDA Scores


WIDA MODEL scores report student progress across all four domains (Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing). In addition, score reports include three composite scores:

  • Oral Language
    • 50% Listening
    • 50% Speaking
  • Literacy
    • 50% Reading
    • 50% Writing
  • Overall
    • 35% Reading
    • 35% Writing
    • 15% Listening
    • 15% Speaking

 WIDA score reports are produced at the individual student level only.

WIDA Standards for your Online Classroom

For your online students, consider becoming a member of WIDA and using their online screener test to help gauge your students’ ESL proficiency. This will help you create lesson plans that focus on your students’ needs.

WIDA Screener Online

WIDA Screener Online is an English language proficiency assessment given to new Grades 1–12 students to help educators identify whether they are English language learners (ELLs). It is available for free to WIDA Consortium members.

WIDA also offers a WIDA Screener Online workshop that can help you learn how to administer the test and utilize the score in your online classroom.

WIDA Standards and Teacher Licensure Exams

You will also need to know WIDA standards and be familiar with WIDA’s assessments to pass state licensure exams to become an ELL (ESL) teacher in public schools in the USA. If you are interested in being a state-certified teacher, you will need to know WIDA inside and out because you will need to utilize WIDA often.

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Ingrid Maria Pimsner, MA, BA, TEFL
Ingrid Maria Pimsner, MA, BA, TEFL

Ingrid Maria Pimsner has been teaching for over a decade in various universities, nonprofits, and private academies. She has taught English as a Second Language for Lutheran Children & Family Service, Nationalities Service Center, Lernstudio Barbarossa Berlin-Tegel, and more. In addition to her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certification, she holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from Maryland Institute College of Art.