ParaEducators hired AFTER January 8, 2002 who provide instructional support for Title I students in a Title I Targeted Assistance program or all paraprofessionals in a Title I Schoolwide building. This includes all para's in General Ed and Special Education offering support to students. Exceptions are those who are strictly clerical, translators, or work only with parental involvement.
Section 1111 (g) (2) (J) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that the State educational agency will ensure that all paraprofessionals working in a program supported with funds under Title I, Part A meet applicable State certification requirements. Additionally, Section 1111 (g)(2)(M) requires that the State has Professional Standards in place for paraprofessionals, "including qualifications that were in place on the day before the date of enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act." Therefore, school districts are required to have all instructional paraprofessionals in Title I schoolwide buildings and all instructional paraprofessionals who are funded by Title I and working in a Title I Targeted Assistance program meet hiring requirements. To meet the hiring requirements, paraprofessionals shall meet the following:
Have at least two years of post-secondary education that is equivalent to at least 48 semester hours from an accredited higher education institution, or
Have obtained an associate (or higher) degree, or
Have met a rigorous standard of quality and be able to demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics (or, as appropriate, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness) by taking and passing one of the Hiring Requirements Options.
If a district chooses to create their own local assessments, DPI has created the Paraprofessional Assessment Framework to guide the development of assessments that meet the ESSA requirements.
For those paraprofessionals that will demonstrate their readiness through a local option, CESA #11 provides an opportunity to participate in the MasterTeacher ParaEducator Online Training proctored by CESA Title I staff. Participating paraprofessionals have access to the entire range of courses offered through the MasterTeacher website from October 1st through September 30th, allowing them to review and revisit the courses when needed.
ESSA TITLE I PARAPROFESSIONALS
CESA #11 TITLE I PROGRAM SERVICE MEMBER SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Amery • Baldwin-Woodville • Birchwood • Boyceville • Cameron • Clayton • Clear Lake • Colfax
Elk Mound • Glenwood City •Grantsburg • Hudson • New Richmond • Osceola • Pepin • Plum City • Prairie Farm
Prescott • St. Croix Central • St. Croix Falls • Shell Lake • Siren • Somerset • Spooner • Spring Valley • Turtle Lake • Webster