English Language Development Standards
The Minnesota Department of Education joined the national World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) consortium in 2011. WIDA is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER).
As a member of this consortium the department has adopted the WIDA English Language Proficiency standards and will administer the WIDA developed ACCESS test to students who are limited English proficient. The WIDA English language proficiency standards are grounded in scientifically-based research and best educational practices in general and English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual education.
These standards, along with their performance indicators and related framework will provide Minnesota schools with a national model representing social, instructional, and academic language guidelines.
The rulemaking process for these rules has been completed. The rules went into effect on Wednesday, January 3, 2012.