A paraprofessional is an employee of a local education agency who provides instructional support. Duties of a paraprofessional may include (1) providing one-on-one tutoring if such tutoring is scheduled at a time when a student would not otherwise receive instruction from a teacher; (2) assisting with classroom management, such as by organizing instructional materials; (3) providing instructional assistance in a computer laboratory; (4) conducting parental involvement activities; (5) providing instructional support in a library or media center; (6) acting as a translator; or (7) providing instructional support services under the direct supervision of a highly qualified teacher. [Title I, Section 1119(g)(2)]
NCLB requires paraprofessionals assigned to instructional duties on a Title I, Part A Schoolwide served campus or those that have at least part of their salary paid for by Title I, Part A on a Targeted Assistance campus to meet the Paraprofessional Highly Qualified requirements. Requirements include:
Paraprofessionals whose duties consist solely of parental involvement activities or translation services are exempt from the qualification requirement.
Highly Qualified Paraprofessional Action Plan (PAP)
For additional information, contact:
Division of Educator Initiatives
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701