Minnesota

Department of Education

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Paraprofessional

Compliance with NCLB

  • Paraprofessionals
    • http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Para/
    • Links to several current documents related to paraprofessionals
      • Strategies for Meeting Title I and Special Education Paraprofessional Requirements
        • Restates the federal mandated expectations.
        • Establishes assessment (ParaPro, score of 460 or a local assessment that satisfies MDE), or portfolio validation as demonstration of knowledge.

Standards to Measure Professional Growth of Paraeducators

Not evident

Policy that Distinguishes Paraeducators Working with Special Education

  • Paraprofessionals
    • http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Para/
    • Before employment paraprofessional develops knowledge and skills to begin meeting the needs of students in:
      • Emergency procedures;
      • Building orientation;
      • Roles and responsibilities;
      • Confidentiality;
      • Vulnerability; and,
      • Reportability.
    • Annual training opportunities are available to continue knowledge and skill development to include:
      • Understanding disabilities;
      • Following lesson plans; and,
      • Implementing follow-up instructional procedures and activities.
    • Each paraprofessional works under the ongoing direction of a licensed teacher and, if appropriate, the supervision of a school nurse.
  • Q&A: Paraprofessionals and Restrictive Procedures

Resource Guide for Supervisors: Assisting Local Agencies in Supervision of Paraeducators Beyond NCLB Mandated Expectations

  • 2012 Minnesota Statutes: 120B.363 Credential for Education Paraprofessionals
    • https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=120B.363
    • Highly qualified status is established through Minnesota credentials
      • State commissioner adopts qualitative criteria for approving local assessments.
    • Training must be provided in:
      • Students’ characteristics,
      • Teaching and learning environment,
      • Academic instruction skills,
      • Student behavior, and
      • Ethical practices.
    • Within 60 days of employment a district must provide initial training in
      • Emergency procedures,
      • Confidentiality,
      • Vulnerability,
      • Reporting obligations,
      • Discipline policies,
      • Roles and responsibilities, and
      • Building Orientation.

Standards to Measure the Professional Growth of Teachers in a Position to Supervise Paraeducators

Not evident