WIDA Screener Online

WIDA Screener Online is only available to WIDA Consortium members at this time.
If you are a WIDA consortium member, please contact your SEA for policies regarding the administration of WIDA Screener in your state.

The WIDA Screener is an assessment designed to provide an initial measure of a student’s English language proficiency in Grades 1–12. The purpose of this assessment is to help educators make decisions and identify whether a student is a candidate for English language support services.

This page contains information specific to the WIDA Screener Online. For information about administering the paper version of the assessment, please refer to the About tab of the WIDA Screener Paper page.

The WIDA Screener Online is divided into five grade-level clusters:

Grade-level clusters 1, 203, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12

The Standards

The WIDA Screener Online uses the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards to assess students’ academic English.

Academic Language across lanuage domains

Adaptivity

The WIDA Screener Online is administered in the following order: Listening, Reading, Speaking and then Writing.

The Listening Test and Reading Test:

  • Both contain multiple-choice questions organized in thematic folders.
  • Both include one entry folder, which all students will see.
  • Both automatically use how a student performs on the entry folder to determine whether the student receives less challenging or more challenging folders for the remainder of that test.

The Speaking Test and Writing Test:

  • Both consist of performance tasks, in which students have the opportunity to demonstrate their speaking and writing ability.
  • Students’ responses to both tests are captured by the testing platform:
    • During the Speaking Test, students deliver their responses into a microphone and the responses are captured by the test platform. The recordings can be retrieved a short time after the test has been completed to be scored locally by a trained rater.
    • During the Writing Test, students keyboard their responses and these responses are captured by the test platform. The written responses may be retrieved a short time after the test has been completed to be scored locally by a trained rater.
    • Students in grades 1–3 handwrite their responses. This addresses concerns regarding the keyboarding skills of students at this age group.
  • The tasks a student sees for both Speaking and Writing are determined by the student’s performance on the Listening and Reading tests.

WIDA Screener Online: Listening: Entry 3 items, Reading: Entry 3 items, Speaking: 2 Tasks, Writing: 1 Task

 

Technology Requirements

The WIDA Screener Online is entirely computer delivered (with the exception of the grades 1–3 writing test). It uses the same technology platform as ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

  • Student data is managed using the WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS). This includes generating test tickets pre-test and scoring the test post-administration.
  • Each student workstation used in testing must be configured to use a Testing Site Manager (TSM). This will store student responses so they can be retrieved and scored later.
  • Each testing site will need a Testing Site Manager (TSM) installed on a server or computer. The TSM will send and receive test content and responses between the student workstation and DRC’s servers.

Using the Results

The WIDA Screener should be considered as only one element in the decision-making process of identifying a student as an ELL. This decision should ideally be supported by additional evidence, such as previous schooling in English or another language, recommendations from previous teachers, the child’s home language survey, or any of the recommended or required criteria as determined by each state or district. See the Scores & Reports tab for more information.

WIDA provides detailed directions and training to support the administration and scoring of WIDA Screener Online. When reviewing these preparation resources, please keep in mind your role in administering and/or scoring the test.

Accessing the Training Course

The WIDA Screener Online training course is available through the WIDA secure portal. Only educators with a WIDA account may be assigned the WIDA Screener Online training course.

To access the WIDA Screener Online training course:

  1. Log in to the WIDA website.
  2. Go to MY ACCOUNT & SECURE PORTAL
  3. Under the Screener Test Materials & Training heading, click on the WIDA Screener Online tile.

WIDA Screener Online badge

  • If you have a WIDA account and you do not see the WIDA Screener Online tile, contact your District Testing Coordinator or SEA. Your account settings must include permission to see the training materials for WIDA Screener.
  • If you do not have a WIDA account, follow your state procedures for creating a WIDA account.

Training Course Content

In the training course, you will find:

  • Logistics and Administration Information
  • Information about how the Listening and Reading Tests are scored
  • Training on how to score the Speaking Test
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    • The Speaking Scoring Scale
    • Many authentic student responses with accompanying score explanations to help you learn and practice using the scoring scale
    • The quizzes – Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-12 – to become a certified Speaking Scorer for Screener Online (and Paper) are the same.
  • Training on how to score the Writing Test
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    • The Writing Scoring Scale
    • Many authentic student responses with accompanying score explanations to help you learn and practice using the scoring scale
    • The quizzes – Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-12 – to become a certified Writing Scorer for Screener Online (and Paper) are the same.
  • Information about Accessibility and Accommodations
  • Materials and Resources
    • The Test Administration Manual for the WIDA Screener Online
    • The Test Administrator's Scripts
    • Writing Test Booklets for students in Grades 1-3

This page lists the materials needed to administer and score WIDA Screener Online and where they can be found.

WIDA Screener Online Training Course

From the Materials and Resources page in the training course, you can download for free:

  • Screener Online Test Administration Manual
    • Comprehensive resource that goes into detail on all material and administration information.
  • WIDA AMS User Guide
  • Test Administrator's Scripts
  • Writing Test Booklets
    • Necessary for grades 1–3

WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS)

WIDA AMS is the platform where you can:

  • Set up test sessions
  • Score Speaking and Writing
  • View, print or, download score reports

Detailed directions for WIDA AMS are available in the Screener Online Test Administration Manual and the WIDA AMS User Guide (both are available in the Screener Online Training Course).

At Testing Site

You will need:

  • Computers or other devices for testing meeting minimum technology requirements
  • INSIGHT Browser installed
  • Workstations configured to Testing Site Manager (TSM)
  • Headsets with microphones

The technology required to administer Screener Online is the same as that for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

Finally, you will need Writing Test Booklets and sharpened pencils for students handwriting responses to the Writing test.

The following Screener Training Module Videos can be found in WIDA AMS, or in the WIDA Screener Online Training Course.

  • Launching the Screener
  • Administering the Screener
  • Screener Scoring
  • Accessing Score Reports

Screener Test Demos are located in WIDA AMS and the INSIGHT Browser.

Testing Contacts

For questions regarding training and the content of the test, contact the WIDA Client Services Center at 866-276-7735 or help@wida.us.

For questions regarding the use of WIDA AMS, contact DRC Customer Service at 855-787-9615 or WIDA@datarecognitioncorp.com.

This page lists technology requirements required for administering WIDA Screener Online and where to find additional technology resources.

Technology Downloads

In order to administer the WIDA Screener Online, student devices will need to be equipped with DRC’s INSIGHT browser. The INSIGHT browser will communicate with DRC’s servers and/or the Testing Site Manager (TSM) which is installed on a server or computer at the testing location.

  • Student data is managed using the WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS). This includes generating test tickets pre-test and scoring the test post-administration.
  • DRC Insight
  • Test content is delivered through the DRC INSIGHT Online Assessment browser, operated by WIDA’s partner Data Recognition Corporation (DRC).
  • Each testing site will need a Testing Site Manager (TSM) installed on a server or computer. The TSM will send and receive test content and responses between the student workstation and DRC's servers.

These components can be downloaded from WIDA-AMS under General Information and then Technology Downloads and installed according to their respective supporting documentation.

For more information on INSIGHT and the TSM, please consult the Technology User Guide which is also available on WIDA-AMS under General Information, and then Training Materials.

System Requirements

The WIDA Screener Online may be administered via Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Chrome, iOS, or Android devices. Specific system requirements for the WIDA Screener Online mirror those of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. If you are unfamiliar with these requirements, please refer to the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 technology webpage or the Technology User Guide. Please refer to the Technology Readiness Checklist for WIDA Online Assessments to identify various factors that a site should address to provide a positive student online testing experience.

Help Desk Support

DRC Customer Service is available to provide support regarding all technical questions. Please contact them by email or phone at WIDA@datarecognitioncorp.com, 855-787-9615. For questions regarding administering the test or policy questions, educators should contact the WIDA Client Services Center at help@wida.us, 866-276-7735.

How is the WIDA Screener Online scored?

For detailed information about how each domain is scored and where to record scores, please refer to the WIDA Screener Training Course. But in brief:

  1. The Listening and Reading tests are automatically scored by the test engine.
  2. Post-administration, local raters log in to WIDA AMS to retrieve and score student responses to the Speaking test. Thus, those raters must be certified to score Speaking.
  3. Post-administration, local raters log in to WIDA AMS to retrieve and score student responses to the Writing Test. Thus, those raters must be certified to score Writing.
  4. Once the Speaking and Writing scores have been entered, WIDA AMS will finish calculating all the reported scores.
  5. Student score reports can be viewed and downloaded from WIDA AMS.

What scores are reported?

Students who complete all four domains of WIDA Screener Online will receive Proficiency Level scores in each of the four domains (Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing) and three composite scores. The three composite scores are:

  • Overall (based on student performance in all four domains)
  • Oral (based on student performance in Speaking and Listening)
  • Literacy (based on student performance in Reading and Writing)

The individual domain Proficiency Level scores are reported as integer scores, so no decimals will be reported. The composite scores will be reported as integers and also with .5 interval scores (for example, scores of 1, 1.5. 2, 2.5, etc.). Scale scores are not reported.

How should scores from the WIDA Screener Online be interpreted and used?

WIDA recommends using Online Screener scores to make identification decisions about students’ ELL status. Online Screener scores may be used to determine whether or not a student should be placed into English language support services. The key recommended use of WIDA Screener is to help you make identification decisions. The specific scores used in identification decisions are determined by your state.