• Transition to WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards
    Posted: May 14, 2014 / Updated September 20, 2017

    Indiana's WIDA ELD Standards Adoption 

    The Indiana Department of Education has adopted the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) standards in 2014, and the implementation started from school year 2014-15.
    For successful implementation of the WIDA ELD standards, all educators who work with English learners must be familiar with the standards, which should be part of our professional learning topics.
    This page is created as a starting point to assist educators to become familiar with the WIDA ELD standards. This page will be updated periodically with relevant and essential information regarding the WIDA ELD standards for the educators.
    Essential Questions:
    1. How will we ensure that all English learners fully access academic content standards and curriculum regardless of their English proficiency level?
    2. How will we make academic content comprehensible for all English learners?
    The Big Picture:
    • Academic language is essential for English learners.
    • The WIDA ELD standards is a tool to make the academic content accessible for all English learners regardless of their English proficiency level.
    WIDA ELD Standards Implementation Objectives 
    Content Objective:
    Content area teachers will be able to embed academic language into their content lessons using the WIDA ELD standards framework to make the academic content accessible for all English learners.
    Language Objective:
    Content area teachers will be able to write strands of Model Performance Indicators for grade-level content lesson topics in their discipline area using the WIDA MPI Template
    Professional Development
    Professional development opportunities will be available for educators at the state, district, and school level. Professional learning activities should occur with sufficient frequency to meet the educators' needs.

    WIDA ELD Standards Essentials