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WIDA English Language Development Standards (2020)

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The 2020 WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards* reflect the belief that multilingual learners are best served when they learn content and language together in linguistically and culturally sustaining ways. The 2020 Edition recommits to this belief by maintaining the five original WIDA ELD Standards Statements while adding new and expanded resources to address updates in policy, theory, and practice.

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To easily access standards information, the table below directs the user to the desired content by page number.

WIDA Directory
ELD Standard Statements Page
  • Standard 1 addresses Social and Instructional communication.
  • Standard 2 addresses Language Arts academic development.
  • Standard 3 addresses Mathematics academic development.
  • Standard 4 addresses Science academic development.
  • Standard 5 addresses Social Studies academic development.
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Grade Standard Content Page
K 1 Language for Social and Instructional Language Page 46 This link opens in a new window
K 2 Language for Language Arts Page 48 This link opens in a new window
K 3 Language for Mathematics Page 50 This link opens in a new window
K 4 Language for Science Page 51 This link opens in a new window
K 5 Language for Social Studies Page 53 This link opens in a new window
1 1 Language for Social and Instructional Language Page 66 This link opens in a new window
1 2 Language for Language Arts Page 68 This link opens in a new window
1 3 Language for Mathematics Page 70 This link opens in a new window
1 4 Language for Science Page 71 This link opens in a new window
1 5 Language for Social Studies Page 73 This link opens in a new window
1 Proficiency Levels for Interpretive Communication Mode: Listening, Reading, and Viewing Page 80 This link opens in a new window
1 Proficiency Levels for Expressive Communication Mode: Speaking, Writing, and Representing Page 81 This link opens in a new window
2-3 1 Language for Social and Instructional Language Page 88 This link opens in a new window
2-3 2 Language for Language Arts Page 90 This link opens in a new window
2-3 3 Language for Mathematics Page 92 This link opens in a new window
2-3 4 Language for Science Page 94 This link opens in a new window
2-3 5 Language for Social Studies Page 96 This link opens in a new window
2-3 Proficiency Levels for Interpretive Communication Mode: Listening, Reading, and Viewing Page 102 This link opens in a new window
2-3 Proficiency Levels for Expressive Communication Mode: Speaking, Writing, and Representing Page 103 This link opens in a new window
4-5 1 Language for Social and Instructional Language Page 110 This link opens in a new window
4-5 2 Language for Language Arts Page 112 This link opens in a new window
4-5 3 Language for Mathematics Page 118 This link opens in a new window
4-5 4 Language for Science Page 122 This link opens in a new window
4-5 5 Language for Social Studies Page 126 This link opens in a new window
4-5 Proficiency Levels for Interpretive Communication Mode: Listening, Reading, and Viewing Page 136 This link opens in a new window
4-5 Proficiency Levels for Expressive Communication Mode: Speaking, Writing, and Representing Page 137 This link opens in a new window
6-8 1 Language for Social and Instructional Language Page 144 This link opens in a new window
6-8 2 Language for Language Arts Page 146 This link opens in a new window
6-8 3 Language for Mathematics Page 152 This link opens in a new window
6-8 4 Language for Science Page 156 This link opens in a new window
6-8 5 Language for Social Studies Page 160 This link opens in a new window
6-8 Proficiency Levels for Interpretive Communication Mode: Listening, Reading, and Viewing Page 172 This link opens in a new window
6-8 Proficiency Levels for Expressive Communication Mode: Speaking, Writing, and Representing Page 174 This link opens in a new window
9-12 1 Language for Social and Instructional Language Page 182 This link opens in a new window
9-12 2 Language for Language Arts Page 184 This link opens in a new window
9-12 3 Language for Mathematics Page 190 This link opens in a new window
9-12 4 Language for Science Page 194 This link opens in a new window
9-12 5 Language for Social Studies Page 198 This link opens in a new window

*WIDA English language development standards framework, 2020 edition: Kindergarten–grade 12. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.

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