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Impact of NCLB on Paraprofessional Employment (updated September 19, 2002) Do the new requirements apply to me? New criteria do not apply to you. NO YES.

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1 Impact of NCLB on Paraprofessional Employment (updated September 19, 2002) Do the new requirements apply to me? New criteria do not apply to you. NO YES How does your school receive the funds? Are you a Targeted Assistance School? Are you a School-wide Program? For Targeted Assistance Schools, ONLY the paraprofessionals paid from Title I funds are impacted. For School-wide Programs, ALL paraprofessionals are impacted. The local Board may adopt a policy applying NCLB criteria to ALL paraprofessionals. Does your school receive Title I funds?

2 Criteria for Employment Impact of NCLB on Paraprofessional Employment (updated September 18, 2002) Paraprofessionals must meet ONE of three options: Complete 2 years (48 semester hours) of study at an IHE Meet rigorous standard of quality and demonstrate through formal assessment the knowledge of AND ability to assist in instructing reading, writing and mathematics Obtained an Associates Degree from an IHE Test plus continuing education Community college placement tests available only for those re-enrolling in formal education programs WorkKeys job profile AccuplacerASSETCOMPASS Intense staff development NC Dept. of Labor Program NC Assistant Teacher Association P.D.P.

3 Paraprofessional Assessment: Breakdown of Guidelines/Requirements (updated September 19, 2002) NC Association of Teacher Assistants: Professional Development Plan Open only to those employed prior to January 8, 2002 or open to those employed after January 8, 2002 if they complete the testing requirements under WorkKeys, ASSET, Accuplacer or Compass prior to being employed. See views 5 and 6 Instructional Associate Certificate Level I 288 continuing education units Specific community college courses in English, math, reading/writing, and public speaking ASSESSMENTS Paraprofessionals must meet a rigorous standard of quality and demonstrate, through formal assessment, the knowledge of reading, writing, and math, and the ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and math.

4 Paraprofessional Assessment: Breakdown of Guidelines/Requirements (updated September 19, 2002) NC Dept. of Labor Teacher Assistant Apprentice Program Open only to those employed prior to January 8, 2002 or open to those employed after January 8, 2002 if they complete the testing requirements under WorkKeys, ASSET, Accuplacer or Compass prior to being employed. See views 5 and continuing education units 4 community college courses for those not pursing further education, OR 6 community college courses for those in teacher prep program coursework outlined in the Instructional Guide ASSESSMENTS Paraprofessionals must meet a rigorous standard of quality and demonstrate, through formal assessment, the knowledge of reading, writing, and math, and the ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and math. NC Association of Teacher Assistants: Professional Development Plan Open only to those employed prior to January 8, 2002 or open to those employed after January 8, 2002 if they complete the testing requirements under WorkKeys, ASSET, Accuplacer or Compass prior to being employed. See views 5 and 6 Instructional Associate Certificate Level I 288 continuing education units Specific community college courses in English, math, reading/writing, and public speaking

5 Paraprofessional Assessment: Breakdown of Guidelines/Requirements (updated September 19, 2002) COMPASS/ASSET OR ACCUPLACER Open only to those continuing their formal education toward an AA or AAS degree or 4- year transfer program Community college placement tests assess reading, writing, and math (through pre- algebra) meet minimum community college cut scores if employed after January 8, 2002, earn 48 continuing education hours in year 1and earn 48 continuing education hours in year 2 if employed prior to January 8, 2002 earn 96 continuing education hours prior to January 2006 NC Association of Teacher Assistants: Professional Development Plan See previous slide(s) NC Dept. of Labor Teacher Assistant Apprentice Program See previous slide(s) ASSESSMENTS Paraprofessionals must meet a rigorous standard of quality and demonstrate, through formal assessment, the knowledge of reading, writing, and math, and the ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and math.

6 Paraprofessional Assessment: Breakdown of Guidelines/Requirements (updated September 19, 2002) WorkKeys Occupational Profile Assessment for Teacher Assistants: Level I Open to all paraprofessionals Reading for Information, min. score 4 Applied Math, min. score 4 Writing, min. score 3 if employed after January 8, 2002, earn 48 continuing education hours in year 1and earn 48 continuing education hours in year 2 if employed prior to January 8, 2002 earn 96 continuing education hours prior to January 2006 Focus training in areas of instructional methodology ASSESSMENTS Paraprofessionals must meet a rigorous standard of quality and demonstrate, through formal assessment, the knowledge of reading, writing, and math, and the ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and math. COMPASS/ASSET OR ACCUPLACER Open only to those continuing their formal education toward an AA or AAS degree or 4- year transfer program Community college placement tests assess reading, writing, and math (through pre- algebra) meet minimum community college cut scores if employed after January 8, 2002, earn 48 continuing education hours in year 1and earn 48 continuing education hours in year 2 if employed prior to January 8, 2002 earn 96 continuing education hours prior to January 2006 NC Dept. of Labor Teacher Assistant Apprentice Program See previous slide(s) NC Association of Teacher Assistants: Professional Development Plan See previous slide(s)


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