For both the WIDA Consortium and the Center for Applied Linguistics, research is a critical element within all our activities, making available the data needed to inform our actions and recommendations around instructional practice, assessment, teacher development, and educational policy.
Both WIDA and CAL have a strong research culture and we have provided an overview below with links to web pages that provide more details about the research-related activities of each organization. WIDA and CAL are also continuing to explore how they can collaborate to conduct research on a variety of topics that will inform future activities.
The WIDA Research team focuses on a wide range of activities, including Academic Language, Standards, Professional Learning, Policy and Alignment. The team also manages the WIDA Data Warehouse initiative and its reporting framework, The WIDA State Dashboard.
Visit the WIDA Research web page to learn more.
CAL’s long history of involvement in research includes a strong focus on instruction and assessment of English language learners, a key concern at the intersection of language and education. CAL works with partners and funders to pursue important lines of research designed to improve education of language learners and inform teacher practice.
Visit the CAL Research web page to learn more.