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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Identification
Audience
U.S.
Grades 1-12
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Online
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Proficiency Level

Preparing for and Administering WIDA Screener Online

If you are a first-time Test Administrator (TA) or District Test Coordinator (DTC), please visit your state's member page for state-specific instructions on how to get your accounts set up. If you are a returning TA or DTC and you are having trouble signing in to the WIDA Secure Portal, please contact the WIDA Client Services Center (see bottom of page).

Log in to the WIDA Secure Portal for a quick start guide, supporting documents, and the training course for administering WIDA Screener Online.

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

Student responses are often ready to score within 15 minutes. Occasionally the system can take as long as two hours to make them available. Reports are generated by WIDA AMS.

Results

Students receive a proficiency level (PL) score for each of the following:

  • Language domains: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing
    WIDA Screener domain scores are reported as integers, with no decimals.
  • Composite Scores: Oral Language, Literacy, Overall Language
    Composite scores are derived from a combination of weighted domain scores and cannot be calculated if a domain score is missing. Composite scores are reported to the first decimal point at half of a level (i.e., 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, and 6.0).

Proficiency level scores are interpretive scores. They help educators understand what the score means in terms of the language skills of the student. 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 compare across ELLs and 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 for WIDA Consortium members.

Submit State Selection

Need a Paper-Based Screener?

Learn more about the paper format of WIDA Screener.

Technology

View technology requirements and access additional documentation.