WIDA Screener Online

WIDA Screener Online 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 available for free to WIDA Consortium members.

Purpose

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Identification

Audience

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U.S.
Grades 1-12

Format

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Online

Score Type

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Proficiency Level

Preparing for and Administering WIDA Screener Online

Log in to the WIDA Secure Portal for the Quick Start Guide, supporting documents, and the training course for administering WIDA Screener Online.

If you are a first-time Test Administrator or District Test Coordinator, please visit your state's member page for state-specific instructions on how to get your WIDA Secure Portal account set up.

If you are a returning Test Administrator or District Test Coordinator and you are having trouble signing in to the WIDA Secure Portal, please contact the WIDA Client Services Center.

WIDA Screener Online – Secure Portal Page

Test Administration Times*

Times do not include convening students, material distribution, directions or embedded test practice.
Reading

Up to 15 minutes

Listening

Up to 15 minutes

Speaking

Up to 25 minutes

Writing

Up to 25 minutes

80 minutes total test time

*Times will vary based on a student's proficiency level.

Scoring

The online test platform automatically scores the Listening and Reading domains during administration. A trained local rater scores the Speaking and Writing domains. To become a trained rater and score responses, you must complete the WIDA Screener Online Training Course and pass the appropriate scoring quizzes.

Using Screener Scores

Score reports provide proficiency level scores in seven categories: the four domains and three composite areas (Oral Language, Literacy, Overall). Composite scores are created from two or more domain scores.

Proficiency level scores are interpretive scores. The scores describe student performance in terms of the six WIDA English language proficiency levels:

Entering > Emerging > Developing > Expanding > Bridging > Reaching

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

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

WIDA Screener Interpretive Guide for Score Reports

Resources for Educators

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Standards for the classroom that align with WIDA Screener
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Can Do Descriptors that highlight what multilingual learners can do.
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Professional learning that helps you better understand WIDA Screener
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Get resources specific to your state

State-specific contact information and additional testing resources, including the ACCESS for ELLs Checklist, for WIDA Consortium members.

Submit State Selection

Looking for in-person training?

We offer a WIDA Screener Online workshop.

Technology

View technology requirements and access additional documentation.