WIDA Screener Paper

WIDA Screener Paper 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 to WIDA Consortium and WIDA International School Consortium members for purchase in the WIDA Store.

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Grades 1-12
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Proficiency Level

Preparing for and Administering WIDA Screener Paper

WIDA Consortium Members

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

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 Paper – Secure Portal Page

International Consortium Members

If you are a first-time Test Administrator, please log in to the WIDA International Secure Portal for the WIDA Screener Paper Training Course. If you are having trouble signing in to the Portal, please contact Fatima Rivera at international@wida.us.

The International Secure Portal contains the Quick Start Guide for administering Screener Paper.

International Secure Portal

Test Administration Times*

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

Up to 5 minutes


Up to 15 minutes


Up to 25 minutes

Listening and Reading

Up to 40 minutes

85 minutes total test time

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


A Test Administrator who is also a trained local rater administers and scores the test. To become a trained rater and score responses, you must complete the WIDA Screener Paper Training Course and pass the appropriate scoring quizzes. The Test Administrator scores the Speaking domain during the test. After administration, the Test Administrator enters all scores into the Score Calculator and generates a student score report.

WIDA Screener Paper Score Calculator

Using Screener Scores

Score reports provide proficiency level scores in seven categories: the four domains (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing) 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

Standards for the classroom that align with WIDA Screener
Can Do Descriptors that highlight what multilingual learners can do.
Examining the Relationship Between the WIDA Screener and ACCESS for ELLs Assessments
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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

Looking for in-person training?

We offer a WIDA Screener Paper workshop.

Interested in using WIDA Screener internationally?

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