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May 19, 2008

ISBE DELL e-Broadcast 2008.124-Can Do Descriptors: WIDA Seeks Illinois Teacher Feedback

Dear Educators Serving English Language Learners:

This message is being forwarded to you from the Division of English Language Learners at the Illinois State Board of Education; a consortium member of World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA).

Several years ago WIDA developed a set of Can Do Descriptors that applied to all grades (K-12) for each language domain. Educators have found these to be very useful tools. However, there have been many requests over the years to develop grade cluster specific Can Do Descriptors. In response to these requests, we have developed draft Descriptors for each grade level cluster. Before finalizing them, we would like to validate the Descriptors by asking educators of ELLs to respond to the acceptability/applicability of the Descriptors for a given grade cluster and proficiency level.

To validate the Can Do Descriptors, we would like for educators of ELLs to respond to a 15-20 minute survey using Survey Monkey. In the survey, we present Can Do Descriptors by each grade level cluster, proficiency level and domain. We ask you to mark "yes" or "no" as to whether you believe that the Descriptor accurately reflects what a student at the given grade cluster, proficiency level and domain can do.

Please choose the grade level cluster with which you are most familiar.  If you have expertise in more than one grade cluster, please feel free to respond to more than one survey. Below are the links to the surveys by grade level cluster. We ask that you complete it within two weeks of receiving it so that we can offer this tool to educators in a timely manner.

We are excited to be able to make this new tool available this fall; input from you is critical to making this happen.  Thank you for your contribution to WIDA, your anticipated response to the survey, and your ongoing commitment to the education of English language learners.  The deadline for completing survey is midnight EST on May 27, 2008.

Here are the links to the surveys.


Please contact Margo Gottlieb at if you have any questions about the Can Do Descriptors or this survey.

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