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Compliance with NCLB
- Educator Certification; Paraprofessional
- This site is linked to several areas related to paraprofessionals.
- How will the move to licensure affect individuals holding an NCLB
Paraprofessional Approval or State Paraprofessional Approval?
- Paraprofessionals holding NCLB Approval will be exchanged for Illinois’ new Paraprofessional Educator Endorsement. This endorsement requires a high school diploma, an associate degree (or 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited institution of higher education), and to have passed a test of basic skills (ETS Parapro or ACT Workkeys). This Endorsement requires a registered license and a registration fee.
- Paraprofessionals holding a State Paraprofessional Approval cannot work in programs funded by Title I, Part A. This Approval requires a high school diploma and 30 semester hours of college credit. No registration fee is necessary.
- Paraprofessional Time Frames
- This documents defines the roles of paraprofessionals (Paraprofessional Educator Endorsement and State Paraprofessional Approval)
- Paraprofessional Training Points
- Earning 300 Professional Training Points can be used instead of 30 hours of college credit necessary for State Paraprofessional Approval. This document defines how to earn those points.
- Requirements for State-Approved Paraprofessional
- This document recaps all requirements (State-Approved and NCLB-Approved).
- How will the move to licensure affect individuals holding an NCLB Paraprofessional Approval or State Paraprofessional Approval?
- Illinois School Code
- Gives local agencies permission to employ non-teaching personnel, defining the duties of such personnel.
- Illinois Regulations/Administrative Rules
- Establishes that each paraprofessional must be state approved as either a Paraprofessional with an Educator Endorsement (NCLB) or State Approval (non NCLB).
Standards to Measure Professional Growth of Paraeducators
Policy that Distinguishes Paraeducators Working with Special Education
Resource Guide for Supervisors: Assisting Local Agencies in Supervision of Paraeducators Beyond NCLB Mandated Expectations
Standards to Measure the Professional Growth of Teachers in a Position to Supervise Paraeducators