EdCentral Interview: How the WIDA Consortium Is Preparing Its 35 States Under ESSA

An interview of Gary Cook, Tim Boals, and Jesse Markow on WIDA’s response to the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Originally published in EdCentral in  March 7, 2016

COOK: So, I think about newcomer SLIFE [Student with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education] students who start at Level 1 in a state that excludes them for the first year. In the second year, it’s unrealistic to think that they are going to be proficient in language arts. That’s a no brainer.

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