The Trinity County Office of Education has prepared the following information to assist you in meeting the new requirements for Paraprofessionals under the Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
What are the new requirements for Paraprofessionals under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act?
NCLB requires that schools have highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals in every classroom. Paraprofessionals who work in a Title I position or in a district-wide Title I school district will be required to have a high school diploma or its equivalent and one of the following in order to meet the minimum qualifications for the Paraprofessional position:
- Possess an Associate of Arts/Science Degree
- Complete 48 semester units of college education
- Pass the Shasta County Paraprofessional Exam
It is important to understand that this exam was implemented in January 2004 to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. Many of you may have already taken and passed the Aide Proficiency Test but that test does not meet the Paraprofessional standards of the No Child Left Behind Act. You must pass the new Paraprofessional Exam if you are to work in a Title I position or district-wide Title I school.
If you are currently employed as an Aide or Paraprofessional in a school district and have questions as to whether or not you are required to meet the new requirements, please contact your district's Human Resources Office.
Exam Information/Preparing for the Exam:
- College and County Libraries have general study guides that cover the subjects as listed below.
- Local book stores.
- www.codesp.com, scroll down to Test Practice & Study Materials-Various Sites, choose the desired category
The Exam Covers The Following Subjects:
Proofreading/spelling, reading comprehension, main theme of a paragraph, logical sequence of a paragraph, key word, English grammar, basic word meanings
- General Math: Key words and converting words to equations, fractions, adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing, simplifying, writing decimals as fractions, reading tables and charts, statistics, exponents, math definitions
- Pre-algebra and Algebra: Special notation for multiplication and division with variables, algebra word problems, order of operations, simplifying expressions, prime factorization, greatest common factor, least common multiple, factoring, sample algebra problems
- The Coordinate system: Grid graph, slope coordinates
- Geometry: Basics, squares, rectangles, circles, triangles
Ability to Assist
Worker roles and responsibilities, student discipline/behavior