WIDA Screener for Kindergarten

Coming soon!

WIDA Screener for Kindergarten will be available to WIDA Consortium members beginning March 30, 2021. Student screening policies are set by your education agency. Check your member/state page for more information.


WIDA Screener for Kindergarten is an individually administered paper-and-pencil test that helps educators identify students as English learners (ELs). It is given to students one time when they enter your school or district as they start kindergarten or first grade.

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Grade 1
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Proficiency Level

Once the test launches, WIDA Consortium members can complete training and print the test materials in the WIDA Secure Portal. Members may also purchase test kits from the WIDA Store.


  • Engaging story and activity-centered test experience.
  • Responsive test design that lets students stop when they reach the extent of their current language skills.
  • Local scoring of student responses means score reports can be generated immediately after testing.
  • Effective identification tool when used as either a two-domain (Listening and Speaking) or four-domain (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) test. Visit your member/state page for details on your screening policies and guidance on test administration.

Test Administration Times


Up to 5 minutes

Listening and Speaking

Up to 15 minutes


Up to 10 minutes


Up to 10 minutes

40 minutes total test time

Typically, only students who complete all items and tasks for each of the four language domains will take longer than 30 minutes to test.


A trained test administrator gives and scores the test. To become a trained test administrator, educators must complete the WIDA Screener for Kindergarten training course and pass the appropriate quizzes. After testing, anyone can enter scores in the score calculator to generate a score report for the student. Score reports include the same kinds of proficiency level scores as those reported for WIDA Screener Online and WIDA Screener Paper.

For further explanation of proficiency levels, scores and how they connect, refer to the WIDA Screener Interpretive Guide.

Training course, score calculator and updated WIDA Screener Interpretive Guide for Score Reports coming Spring 2021.

Get To Know the Test

Watch this video of sample test administration excerpts to get an idea of what the one-on-one test administration looks like:


We're going to read a story. You want to read a story with me? OK, so the friends stopped to rest before having more fun. The end. OK, now it's your turn. I see a bird. Point to the bird. Perfect. Can you move your arms up and down like the animal? Perfect. The small cheetahs rested in a tree. Can you write fast? So what did you write? Here's a picture of a fox. Fox begins with a ‘ffff’ sound. Rabbit.


View the WIDA Screener for Kindergarten eSummit session recording for an in depth look at the test. WIDA eSummit resources are available in the WIDA Secure Portal through January 2021. Members of the WIDA Consortium can access the eSummit through the eLearning Center in the WIDA Secure Portal. A valid WIDA Secure Portal account is required to access the eLearning Center.