Partners & Links

The following organizations serve as partners providing development and support services to WIDA:

CAL, Mertritech, WCER, DRC

Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL): CAL collaborates with WIDA in its work to provide standards-based assessments for English language learners, most prominently on the Consortium's annual assessment of English language proficiency, ACCESS for ELLs. CAL's work is divided into three main areas:

  • Developing new test items, field-testing the new items, and using them to refresh ACCESS for ELLs every year.
  • Conducting research on the assessment, exploring new initiatives for revising aspects of the testing system, and improving the delivery of test administration training.
  • Providing technical and psychometric expertise to the Consortium, such as performing annual equating of test forms, analyzing field test data, producing an annual technical report for ACCESS for ELLs, and carrying out special technical studies, such as bridge studies, for new member states.

Based in Washington, DC, CAL is widely recognized for its expertise in education research and testing. CAL's collaboration with WIDA has also included development of the W-APT and WIDA MODEL assessments, along with the ONPAR project's research and development work. Finally, CAL will serve as the test developer for Alternate ACCESS for ELLs and PODER, WIDA's Spanish language proficiency assessment.

Data Recognition Corporation (DRC): DRC, based in in Maple Grove, MN, collaborates with WIDA to provide the annual printing, distribution, scoring, and reporting for the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessments. DRC also provides a secure, web-based ordering system and administrative portal backed-up by toll-free customer service

MetriTech, Inc.: MetriTech of Champaign, IL was responsible for the printing, scoring, reporting, and distributing of all ACCESS for ELLs test materials and results through the 2014-15 school year. MetriTech offers subscriptions to the ACCESS for ELLs Growth Report through the 2014-15 administration. MetriTech is also WIDA’s partner for the Online MODEL assessment. If you have questions about these materials or functions, please call 1-800-747-4868 and ask for WIDA Support.

Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER): WCER, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the host institution for WIDA. It is one of the oldest, largest, and most productive education research centers in the world.

Other External Web Links

The following are links to external web sites of possible interest:

Carnegie Corporation's National Program

No Child Left Behind

TESOL: A professional association for teachers of English to speakers of other languages

NABE - National Association for Bilingual Education

NCELA - National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs