Federal law requires screening for potential English learners entering grades K-12
WIDA Screener is used in grades K-12 to identify students who are eligible for English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) services as required by federal law.
Federal guidelines require school divisions to identify students who are potential English learners (ELs) in need of ESOL services. WIDA Screener is the English language proficiency (ELP) assessment used with potential ELs when they enroll in Fairfax County Public Schools.
Based on the results of the WIDA Screener, students are found English Proficient or eligible for ESOL services. Results are generally available for parents and guardians within two weeks after a student takes the WIDA Screener assessment.