Olympic Educational Service District 114

Serving the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas


Paraeducator Test

Title I Requirements - Paraeducators and the
No Child Left Behind Act.


As outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, all paraeducators who are funded with Title I funds (including those paraeducators performing instructional duties in a school-wide building), must meet specific requirements. These requirements are:


1.  Paraeducators must currently have a secondary school (high school) diploma or its recognized equivalent, and


2.  Paraeducators must fulfill one of the three following requirements:

    a. Complete at least two years of study at an institution of higher education; or

    b. Obtain an associate (or higher) degree; or

    c. Meet a rigorous standard of quality and can demonstrate, through a formal state or local formal academic assessment:



i) knowledge of, and the ability to assist in the instructing, reading, writing, and mathematics;



ii) knowledge of, and the ability to assist in instructing, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness as appropriate.




Formal academic assessment.  The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has determined that a formal assessment may by completed by any of the following methods:


1.  Parapro Assessment test.  Olympic ESD 114 administers this test several times each year.  Notifications of testing dates are can be found on the OESD 114 website under Workshops and Courses.   There is a fee for the test and preregistration is required.  For more information on the Parapro Assessment Test, and for test prep materials, click here.  For a test tutorial, click here.  If you have questions regarding the test, testing times, and requirements, please contact the Registrar at registrar@oesd114.org, or 360-405-5801.


2.  A portfolio assessment process.


3.  School district paraeducator assessment.  Currently, there are no school districts in the Olympic ESD 114 service area approved by OSPI to conduct a paraeducator assessment.


4.  Completion of an approved Apprenticeship Program by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council and registered with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.


More information on the various pathways to meet the NCLB Paraeducator requirements can be found on OSPI’s website at www.k12.wa.us/paraeducators/guidelines.aspx