Becoming A Highly Qualified Paraprofessional
Highly Qualified Paraprofessionals
Paraprofessionals must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent. Additionally, paraprofessionals have the following three options to meet the designation of highly qualified:
- Complete two years of study at an institution of higher education; OR
- Obtain an associate’s (or higher) degree; OR
- Meet a rigorous standard of quality and be able to demonstrate, through a formal state or local academic assessment, knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing, and mathematics (or, as appropriate, reading readiness, writing, readiness, and mathematics readiness).
Paraprofessionals are not required to take a specified course of study for the first two options.
The Board of Education has approved the Parapro Assessment as the formal state academic Paraprofessional assessment. The established qualifying score for the test approved by the board is 455. School boards also have the option of approving a local assessment.
Link to Parapro Assessment: