Quick Start Guide for Administering WIDA Screener Paper


Quick Start Guide for Administering WIDA Screener Paper

1. Complete assessment training and review manuals.

Educators must complete the WIDA Screener Paper: Administration training course and review the Test Administration Manual before giving the test. If you will be scoring student responses, you will need to complete the Speaking and Writing scoring courses.

Purchase additional materials, including the Speaking and Listening Test Audio, from the WIDA Store.

2. Get additional training from WIDA as needed.

WIDA offers a webinar to help educators understand how to administer WIDA Screener Paper.

WIDA Screener Paper webinar (WIDA Secure Portal account required)

3. Order your test materials.

Some test materials are provided on the WIDA Screener Paper: Administration Course Resources page in the WIDA Secure Portal. Other materials must be purchased via the WIDA Store.

Additional materials available from the WIDA Store:

  • Test Booklets
  • Audio files available in USB format
  • Professionally printed Test Administrator's Scripts
  • Professionally printed Student Response Booklets
  • Recording scripts, used in some accommodations (email request to WIDA Store)

4. Schedule test sessions.

Consider whether you will be testing students individually or in groups. Testing time for WIDA Screener Paper can take up to 85 minutes from start to finish, depending on the grade-level cluster and path administered.

See the Test Administration Manual.

5. Administer the assessment.

Gather your pencils, audio playing device/speakers and materials, and you’re ready to test. With thorough training and careful preparation, test administrators will be ready to deliver a reliable and positive testing experience.

6. Score the assessment.

Follow the instructions in the Test Administration Manual to score the assessment. After students complete the test, the test administrator scores Listening and Reading responses, and a trained writing rater (who may also be the test administrator) scores Writing responses.

7. Generate score reports.

Use the WIDA Screener Paper Score Calculator to covert raw scores to Proficiency Levels and generate Individual Score Reports.