WIDA School Improvement System

The WIDA School Improvement System (WIDA SIS) is an online school-wide leadership assessment and feedback system that supports leadership for the teaching of English Learners (ELs). This system was developed in collaboration with the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL). Developed and validated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, CALL is a school-wide leadership and assessment system that measures and supports instructional leadership. Please take the opportunity to learn more about CALL.  WIDA SIS focuses more specifically on school-wide leadership practices that affect teaching ELs.

Rather than focus on an individual school leader, WIDA SIS utilizes a multi-source comprehensive survey to assess core leadership practices that are distributed across the school building. In a given school, teachers, administrators, and instructional support staff are eligible to take the survey. Upon completion of the survey, users receive immediate targeted data and feedback designed to support school improvement and professional growth focused on teaching and supporting ELs.

Upon completion of the WIDA SIS survey, it is highly recommended that WIDA SIS users spend time leveraging the resulting data for school improvement planning. School teams have a great opportunity to work with expert coaches in WCEPS CARE Coaching for WIDA SIS Data Debrief Sessions.  WIDA SIS and CARE Coaching are part of the WCEPS Pathways for Language Learner Success.

WIDA is not responsible for results or use of WIDA SIS.

The WIDA School Improvement System (WIDA SIS) measures leadership in five core domains:

  1. Focus on Leadership to Support English Learners
  2. Promote Effective Teaching Practices and Services for English Learners
  3. Build Professional Capacity for Teaching English Learners
  4. Leverage Multiple Resources to Meet the Needs of English Learners
  5. Foster an Inclusive School Learning Environment

WIDA SIS is available to schools and school districts on a 12-month subscription basis. During that 12-month time period, school and district leaders receive:

You can view sample WIDA SIS survey items and navigate the online reporting system. You may also request a demo of the WIDA SIS, and we would be happy to set up a time to connect with you: