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No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

Read the news and information that effects all paraprofessionals here. This page is dedicated to relaying legislation information, updates, and clarification. Also, read messages from The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) regarding paraprofessionals.

Timeline for Meeting Paraprofessional Requirements Extended

Download this letter for details


From the Committee on Education and the Workforce web page:

The House Education and the Workforce Committee majority staff released two new and updated guides to “frequently asked questions” regarding NCLB and IDEA. Update your library with these handy reference guides.

Download The FAQ Guide on NCLB Download The FAQ Guide on IDEA


NCLB Paraprofessional Local Requirements

NCLB Paraprofessional Local RequirementsMinnesota, like all other states, is implementing the NCLB for Instructional Paraprofessionals. State Policy decisions have been made regarding local assessments.

Minnesota Paraprofessional Requirements for Meeting NCLB (pdf)

Federal and State Requirements for Special Education Paraprofessionals (pdf)

Position and Program Requirements – Who needs to meet NCLB requirements? This download will help clear up any confusion. Also, remember to check with your district!

Position and Program Requirements for Paraprofessionals (pdf)

Program Definitions (pdf)

Paraprofessional Testing
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Parapro Test – This state approved test, published by the Educational Testing Service, measures a candidate’s proficiency in math, reading and writing, and their ability to assist in these instruction areas. For more information on the test and cut score, click on the downloads below.

ParaPro testing information (pdf)
Supplemental Download I: Commissioner sets cut score for Parapro Test (pdf)
Supplemental Download II: Parapro testing: What, where, and how?

Visit the Educational Testing Service site for more detailed information.

MDE Information/Updates

Paraprofessional Guidance to School Districts – This memo is intended to provide information to districts on the competencies for instructional paraprofessionals. It will highlight resources available to help guide your staff development planning for instructional paraprofessionals.

Paraprofessional Guidance to School Districts (pdf)

Title I Paraprofessionals: Draft Non-Regulatory Guidance – This federal publication outlines the new requirements of NCLB legislation with regards to paraprofessionals.

Title I Paraprofessionals: Draft Non-Regulatory Guidance: March 2004 (pdf)
Title I Paraprofessionals: Draft Non-Regulatory Guidance: Nov 2003 (pdf)

reportStatus Report II: Preparation and Supervision of Paraprofessionals in Minnesota – This report provides the results of Minnesota’s most recent Statewide Paraprofessional Needs Assessment, conducted by the Minnesota Department of Education, Division of Special Education. This regular 3 year assessment provides information regarding state and local policies and practices related to paraprofessionals. In some cases, responses to similar questions are provided across these survey dates.

open reportDownload: Status Report II (pdf)

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