Fair Lawn will begin utilizing the WIDA Screener in 2018. The WIDA Screener is an English language proficiency assessment given to incoming students in Grades 1-12 to assist educators with the identification of students as English language learners (ELLs). The purpose of this assessment is to help educators make decisions about whether a student is a candidate for English language support services. It is a flexible, on-demand language proficiency assessment that can be administered at any time during the school year. WIDA Screener assesses the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
Principal Difference between WIDA Screener Online and WIDA Screener Paper
All parts of the WIDA Screener Online are computer-delivered, with the exception of the Writing test for students in Grades 1–3, who hand-write their responses in paper test booklets. To address concerns regarding the keyboarding skills of students at this age group, the writing portion of the online test is presented in paper/pencil format.
All parts of WIDA Screener Paper are administered on paper.