WISC Members


Benefits of membership

  • Ability to download the W-APT assessment. W-APT is another WIDA-developed assessment that can complement WIDA MODEL. The W-APT files will be made accessible via the Resource Library.
  • Member pricing on all products in the WIDA store on every order!
  • Ability to purchase the WIDA MODEL Online Assessments for Grades 1-12.

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WIDA International School Consortium

The WIDA International School Consortium is a network of international schools that use WIDA's research-based standards and assessments.

WIDA resources and International Schools

The International Consortium is for international schools who want to meet the needs of their English language learners (ELL) with the leading standards and assessments for K-12 ELLs.

There are currently over 190 international school members in over 50 countries that have integrated the WIDA English Language Development framework and assessments into their program. Member schools use the components of the WIDA Framework as a tool to support both language learning and academic achievement. You can learn more about the WIDA Standards & Assessment System here.

There are two WIDA English proficiency assessments used by most international schools: the W-APT (screener) and WIDA MODEL (summative). Most schools use the W-APT for admissions/placement and MODEL for monitoring progress and ongoing placement/exit decisions. In addition, some international schools use WIDA MODEL results as part of the admissions process. Both of these assessments are built on WIDA’s definition of Academic Language. As a benefit of your membership in the International Consortium you are able to download the W-APT and able to purchase either the paper-based MODEL for Grades K-12 or the Online MODEL Assessments for Grades 1-12. You can learn more about the WIDA MODEL here.

Only schools that are members of the WIDA International School Consortium are able to purchase both the paper-based or online version of MODEL. Schools that are not members are unable to purchase the online version.

International schools have found that the since the WIDA assessments are aligned with WIDA’s other instructional resources, they support a collaborative approach to integrating language and content learning which includes co-planning, co-teaching and co-assessing.

About WIDA

WIDA is a research center founded in 2002 within the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

WIDA resources support a systemic approach to both collaboration and differentiation based on students’ assets as expressed in the WIDA Can Do Philosophy, and built on the research-based WIDA Guiding Principles of Language Development. Since we are a non-profit research center based at a university, most of the WIDA resources are available as free PDF downloads in the WIDA Resource Library.

Cost and Terms of Membership

The standard annual cost of the WIDA International School Consortium membership is $395.00 (US)*. Take advantage of our 3-year membership price for $750.

Interested schools may purchase their membership directly online or contact us for a pro forma invoice. Once payment is received we will set up your membership and send your account information to you.

*If you are a member of NESA or AASSA, the cost of membership is $295.00 (US) for one year. Please let us know if you are a NESA or AASSA member when signing on to receive the discount.

The WIDA International School Consortium is managed by WIDA’s non-profit partner, the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services (WCEPS), and provides support across the spectrum of international school needs

Contact WIDA International School Consortium (WISC) at store@wceps.org or 877-272-5593 or fax 608-441-2769 to learn more. Learn more about WIDA at the University of Wisconsin.