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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools and School Principals


FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:             June 2, 2003


RE:                  Educational Technicians to Serve on ParaPro Test Standard Setting Panel


As you know, on January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA). The law establishes new requirements for paraprofessionals in classrooms.  Any instructional paraprofessional employed after January 8, 2002 must either have completed two years of college, or hold a two-year degree, or pass a State or local assessment.  Maine is planning to conduct a standard setting study for the new Praxis ParaPro Assessment that has been developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS).  This study will be conducted for one day, Friday, August 1, 2003, in Augusta, Maine. 


We are asking your assistance in nominating both paraprofessionals and teachers who supervise paraprofessionals to participate in this standard setting study. 


Please nominate one instructional paraprofessional and one teacher currently working in a Title l Program from the following groups:


            °       Paraprofessionals (instructional only) with a high school diploma or a GED;


            °       Paraprofessionals (instructional) with an Associate’s degree or two years of college; and


            °       Teachers who directly supervise (instructional) paraprofessionals in a Title I Program


Our panels must consist of a higher concentration of paraprofessionals with high school diplomas or GED’s.  However, all categories mentioned above must be represented on the panel.  Please understand that all nominees may not be selected as participants, as we wish to ensure appropriate representation on all panels by race, gender, ethnicity, and teaching level, and urban and rural areas.  Nominees must have 10 or less years of experience as paraprofessionals/teachers.  Please nominate paraprofessionals/teachers from elementary, middle level and high school levels.


Paraprofessionals and supervising teachers who are selected will participate for one day, on August 1, 2003. ETS will pay for travel, meals, and lodging for one night, if they wish to stay at the Senator Inn.


Attached is the nomination form that may be copied.  Please have each paraprofessional or teacher being nominated complete a separate form. Forward the forms no later than June 9, 2003 to:



                                    Certification Office

                                    23 State House Station

                                    Augusta, Maine 04333-0023


I hope that you will nominate paraprofessionals or teachers to participate in this important professional effort.  We are grateful for your assistance.


Participating educational technicians will not be able to take the exam for at least six months, since they will be reviewing actual test items. All participants will receive clock hours of professional development. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Nancy Ibarguen, Coordinator of Certification, at 207-624-6603.



Attachment:  Biographical Information Form