In September, WIDA released a draft version of the English Language Development Standards, 2012 Edition, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve. Their comment period ends on November 11th.

I’ve never paid much attention to WIDA’s standards in the past since California has not worked with them. However, a month ago WIDA won the grant to develop a new national common English assessment for ELL’s (beating out California’s consortium).

I’m skeptical about how much anybody’s standards will practically have on what happens in our classrooms but, given that most of us ELL teachers in the U.S. might end up having to subject our students to these new assessments, it might warrant a quick look and, perhaps, even a comment.