Paraprofessional Assessment

Requirements of a Paraprofessional

Special Education:

Paraprofessionals must meet Pennsylvania’s regulatory requirements contained in 22 Pa. Code §14.105 which include the following:

  • Have completed at least two years of postsecondary study, or
  • Possess an associate degree or higher, or
  • Meet a rigorous standard of quality as demonstrated through a State or local assessment; and
  • Instructional paraprofessionals, each school year, shall provide evidence of 20 hours of staff development activities related to their assignment.

These requirements remain in effect and districts must continue to comply with Chapter 14 requirements related to paraprofessionals.

Title 1:

Section 1111(g)(2)(M) of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA, requires each State to have “professional standards for paraprofessionals working in a program supported with funds under [Title I, Part A], including qualifications that were in place on the day before the date of enactment of the [ESSA].” As such, each State must ensure that its LEAs and schools continue to comply with the paraprofessional requirements in place on December 9, 2015, including those requirements under section 1119(c) and (d) of the ESEA, as amended by NCLB, and any State specific requirements that were in place on that date. Specifically, each State and its LEAs must continue to ensure that each paraprofessional who is hired by the LEA and works in a program supported by Title I, Part A funds has the following:

  • A secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, or
  • Has completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education, or
  • Obtained an associate’s or higher degree, or
  • Have met a rigorous standard of quality and can demonstrate, through a formal State or local academic assessment, knowledge of, and the ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing, and mathematic

Source:
Pennsylvania Department of Education

About the Assessment

IU5 administers a Paraprofessional (Teacher’s Aide) Assessment that provides individuals without the proper educational credentials to meet state requirements to be a paraprofessional. There are 2 versions of the Paraprofessional Assessment: Special Education and Title 1. Please contact the perspective district to assure you are scheduled to take the correct test.

If interested in taking the Paraprofessional Assessment, please contact IU5 Human Resources. A study guide will be provided to help prepare for the assessments. Once ready, please call IU5 to schedule the assessment. The cost of the assessment is $50 and is given at the time when the test is taken. Below are the outlines for each assessment:  

Special Education:

  • 2 hours to take the assessment
  • Test has 3 sections                 
  • 10 Standard of Education (59 Questions)
  • Foundations of Special Education
  • Development and Characteristics of Learners
  • Individual Learning Differences
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Learning Environment and Social Interactions
  • Language
  • Instructional Planning
  • Assessment
  • Professional and Ethical Practice
  • Collaboration
  • Math (5 Questions)
  • Reading (5 Questions)
  • A minimum of one correct answer from each of the math and reading section, and an overall score of 70%  for the successful completion on the entire assessment

Title 1:

  • 3 hours to take the assessment
  • Test has 2 Sections
  • Section 1
  • Reading (30 Questions)
  • Writing (30 Questions)
  • Math (30 Questions)
  • Section 2
  • Open-Ended Response (Choose 1 of 3 scenarios)
  • Need to pass each sub-section of Section 1 with a minimum score of 80% (24/30);
  • Section 2  is pass/fail

Scheduling the Asessment

The hours of operation at the IU are Monday – Friday from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm. Please review the IU5 calendar below to see organizational closings.  The Paraprofessional Assessment can be schedule during any day of operation at IU5. 

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Contact

Phone: 814-734-8411
Email:

Directions

Below is the address for IU5. Please park in the upper lot and go into the main entrance. Please inform the receptionist that you at there for the Paraprofessional Assessment.

Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5
252 Waterford St
Edinboro, Pa 16412

Subbing for IU5 as a Paraprofessional

IU5 is looking for energetic, passionate, and student focused individuals to be substitute paraprofessionals in our classroom in Erie, Warren and Crawford Counties. Below are the requirements to sub as a paraprofessional

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • FBI Background Clearance
  • PA State Police Background Clearance
  • PA Child Abuse Clearance
  • Act 126 Training
  • Updated TB Test (within the past 3 months)

To apply to become a substitute paraprofessional, go back to IU5 main page and select Employment Opportunities. Follow the instruction on applying through the online Recruitment Portal.