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The Center for Applied Linguistics has been collaborating with the WIDA Consortium since its inception in 2002. WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators.

With CAL’s expertise in educational research and language testing, and its mission to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture, CAL serves as the primary assessment partner to WIDA as it fulfills its mission. The CAL-WIDA teams are also expanding areas of collaboration to include professional development, research, language policy, and outreach.

This website provides information about CAL-WIDA collaborative activities and provides links to useful information from both organizations. Much of the focus of the website is in the assessment arena, where CAL combines its applied linguistics knowledge, commitment to linguistically diverse students, long and rich experience in language testing, and computerized testing expertise to help WIDA produce exceptional assessments of English language proficiency for national and international use.

We invite you to browse this website and visit the website of each organization to learn more and to email CAL with any comments or questions.

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WIDA 2015 National Conference

October 15-17, 2015
Tropicana – Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV

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Learn more about the next-generation, comprehensive, and balanced technology-based assessment system for English language learners, anchored in WIDA’s English Language Development Standards.

Visit the ASSETS website.


The WIDA MODEL is a series of English language proficiency assessments for Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Learn more about the WIDA Model.