About the WIDA Research Team


To provide timely, meaningful, and actionable research that promotes educational equity and academic achievement for linguistically and culturally diverse students.


We develop our annual research agenda under the guidance of the WIDA Consortium Board Research Subcommittee members listed below.

Name State
Grace Gray Alaska
Carol Johnson Georgia
Cori Yochim Alston Georgia
Melodee Davis Georgia
Andy Wiegand Hawaii
Boon Lee Illinois
David Gonzalez Nieto Illinois
Barry Pedersen Illinois
Seon Hwa Eun Illinois
Chris Williams Kentucky
Laura Hook Maryland
Tarro Funchess Mississippi
Sharon Prestridge Mississippi
Nadja Trez North Carolina
Susan Morgan New Hampshire
Andrea Samoza-Norton New Hampshire
Bob Measel Rhode Island
Robert Fugate Virginia
Judy Radford Virginia
Jim McCobb Vermont
Jacqueline Iribarren Wisconsin
Phil Olsen Wisconsin

Research team members work closely with researchers from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), and draw support and information from other WIDA staff and research organizations to accomplish the team mission.


Research Theme for 2015

Moving the Field Forward

At WIDA Research we are always learning from our work with member states, policy makers, educators, parents, and students. In 2015 we strive to better communicate what we have learned from our research with colleagues and to add to the knowledgebase through our work.
We share our knowledge through publications, presentations, and trainings. This year we are focusing our efforts toward professional publications to more broadly share what we are learning.  We warmly welcome your input so always feel free to give us a call or drop us a note. Your engagement contributes to everyone’s learning! 

Recent Communications

The Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards

National Evaluation of Title III Implementation Supplemental Report— Exploring Approaches to Setting English Language Proficiency Performance Criteria and Monitoring English Learner Progress

Submitted to
U.S. Department of Education Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Policy and
Program Studies Service

Prepared by
Gary Cook, Wisconsin Center for Educational Research
Robert Linquanti, WestEd
Marjorie Chinen, American Institutes for Research
Hyekyung Jung, American Institutes for Research

American Institutes for Research Washington, DC