Ask Fatima: Comparing WIDA assessments

This month Fatima compares WIDA Screener and WIDA MODEL.

How do WIDA Screener and WIDA MODEL assessments compare?

The WIDA Screener and the WIDA MODEL are English language proficiency assessments that assess the four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. These assessments are built on a foundation of the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards. The WIDA Screener and MODEL are on-demand assessments, as they are flexible in scheduling and administering. An important feature to consider is being able to print a summarized report that can be shared with parents.

WIDA Screener is an assessment used by schools for admissions, intake and placement of multilingual learners. WIDA Screener should only be administered once, either at the beginning of the school year or when the student first arrives at the school. Educators use proficiency level scores to plan differentiated levels of support for their multilingual learners.

WIDA MODEL is used to monitor progress. MODEL can be administered up to twice per year per student. It is often administered at the midpoint and again towards the end of the academic school year. Proficiency level scores can be used with the Can Do Descriptors and the ELD Standards Framework to help teachers plan instruction for their students.

For more information about WIDA assessments, please visit the Choosing an Assessment page.