WIDA Screener

An assessment to help identify English language learners

WIDA Screener is an English language proficiency assessment given to new students in Grades 1–12 to help educators identify whether they are English language learners (ELLs). It is a flexible, on-demand assessment that can be administered at any time during the school year. WIDA Screener is available in two formats – online (U.S. only) and paper (U.S. and International).

Key Features of WIDA Screener

  • Includes separate forms for each grade-level cluster: 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Aligns with the WIDA English Language Development Standards
  • Assesses each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • Reports proficiency level scores for each language domain and for three composite scores: Oral Language, Literacy and Overall Score

If a student is identified as an ELL, proficiency level scores from WIDA Screener can be used by educators to compare across ELLs and to plan differentiated levels of support for each child.

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Test Comparison

Product Attributes WIDA Screener Online WIDA Screener Paper
Purpose
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Identification
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Identification
Audience
Audience
U.S.
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Grades 1-12
Test Administration
Individual
Small Group
Individual
Small Group
Total Test Time 80 minutes 85 minutes
Scoring
Locally
Locally
Score Type
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Proficiency Level
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Proficiency Level
Score Reports
Individual
Individual
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Online

WIDA Screener Online

WIDA Screener Online is an English language proficiency assessment given to new students in Grades 1–12 to help educators identify them as English language learners (ELLs). It is available for free to WIDA Consortium member states.

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Paper

WIDA Screener Paper

WIDA Screener Paper is an English language proficiency assessment given to new students in Grades 1–12 to assist educators in identifying English language learners (ELLs). It is available to WIDA Consortium and WIDA International School Consortium members for purchase in the WIDA Store.

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Get resources specific to your state

State-specific contact information and additional testing resources for WIDA Consortium members.

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Need a Kindergarten Screener?

WIDA offers a Kindergarten screener assessment for identifying and placing ELLs.

Interested in using WIDA Screener internationally?

Visit the WIDA Store to purchase WIDA Screener Paper for your school.