• In 2002, an EAG grant provided initial funding for the organization that would become WIDA. Three states were involved in the grant: Wisconsin (WI), Delaware (D), and Arkansas (A), so the acronym WIDA was chosen for the name. At the last minute, however, Arkansas dropped out, and World-class Instructional Design and Assessment was created to fit the acronym. As WIDA grew, however, the original name no longer adequately described its mission. Recently WIDA decided to stop using the acronym definition. Now WIDA just means WIDA. Read our Mission, Vision, and Values to see what we stand for.


  • Mission

  • Can Do Philosophy

  • Academic Language

  • Guiding Principals of Language Development

  • Standards Framework and its Theoretical Foundations

  • ELD Standards

  • CAN DO Descriptors