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INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 97
POLICY CODE: CGD/GDA
TO: Superintendents of Schools, Principals, and No Child Left Behind Act Contacts
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
In September 2003, I advised you that the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) of 2001 included requirements for paraprofessionals. The requirements apply to each Local Education Agency (LEA) receiving assistance under Title I, Part A. LEAs are required to ensure that all paraprofessionals (Educational Technicians) hired after January 8, 2002, and who provide instructional support in a program supported with funding under Title I meet one of the following “Highly Qualified” requirements, as stated in November 2002 guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education:
The revised requirements for
paraprofessionals as amended
1. Hold an Associate’s degree or higher; or
2. Have forty-eight (48) semester hours (the equivalent of two years of college study) from an accredited two-year and/or four-year college(s) or university(ies); or
3. Achieve the qualifying score on the “ParaPro” assessment.
All paraprofessionals hired before
These requirements DO NOT apply to paraprofessionals working primarily as translators, or solely on parental involvement activities. Also, individuals who work solely in non-instructional roles, such as food service, cafeteria or playground supervision, personal care services, and non-instructional computer assistance are not considered to be paraprofessionals for Title I purposes.
The NCLBA requirements do not allow for waivers, and the law does not allow for a delay in implementation. Therefore, I recommend that you encourage all Educational Technicians needing to meet this requirement to begin to do so as soon as possible.
Please be reminded that Title I and Title II funds may be used for ongoing training and professional development to help paraprofessionals meet the statutory requirements.
I previously requested that each LEA designate a NCLBA contact person and submit the name and contact information to the Department. If you have not yet designated a NCLBA contact for your paraprofessionals, please do so as soon as possible. You should direct this information to Anne Wehrman, Distinguished Educator for NCLBA, Paraprofessionals, (207) 624-6603 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org