If I don’t have a high school diploma, what can I do?
The NCLB Act first stipulates that a paraprofessional is in receipt of a secondary school diploma (high school or its recognized equivalent). If you lost your high school diploma, contact the high school or the district in which you attended to obtain a transcript indicating that you graduated from a high school. If you do not have a high school diploma, plan to take the test for the General Education Diploma (GED).
How can I prepare and test for the GED?
Locally, the Shasta Adult School offers prep classes and GED testing. They can be reached at (530) 245-2626, and they are located at 2200 Eureka Way, Redding, California.
Are instructional aides hired long ago exempt from all these regulations?
All paraprofessionals must turn in their high school diploma or equivalent to the Human Resources Department. Paraprofessionals hired before the date of enactment of NCLB (1/8/02) have until 6/30/06 to satisfy the other NCLB requirements.
I am not paid by Title I funds; am I excluded?
Yes, unless you are at a School wide Title 1 School. Thus, paraprofessionals are supported with Title I funds in an indirect way. Should you have any questions, contact your Human Resources Department or Personnel Office.
Who is exempt from the NCLB requirements?
There are several paraprofessional classifications that are exempt from the NCLB requirements. These classifications include: translators, parent involvement aides, and P.E. aides. However, all paraprofessionals (even those exempt) need a high school diploma. Should the state and federal government expand the list of exempt classifications, we will inform you.
What will be included on the rigorous test?
This test must not only demonstrate knowledge of reading, writing, and math, but the ability to assist in instructing in these areas.
Are Special Education Aides who provide health care exempt?
We believe that Special Education Paraprofessionals who assist with the health care of students are exempt if they do not assist in the direct instruction of the students. The California Department of Education is requesting additional guidance from the US Department of Education regarding the qualifications of paraprofessionals who provide services to students with special needs. More information will be forthcoming.