ERIC Number: ED240205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Services Provided by Paraprofessionals.
District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Div. of Quality Assurance.
A study was conducted to assess the services provided by instructional aides, Chapter I teaching aides and teaching assistants, educational therapy aides (special education), and attendance aides in the District of Columbia public schools, 1982-83. Teachers and principals rated very highly the value of the paraprofessional services. Teachers surveyed were 8 to 1 and principals surveyed 24 to 1 in favor of continuing paraprofessional services as opposed to selecting services, materials, or equipment of equal dollar value. The majority of teachers stated that paraprofessional services could not be equated with a dollar value and were far more valuable than materials or equipment, while the majority of principals stated that paraprofessionals brought both a personal dimension and direct services to students. The majority of instructional paraprofessionals saw their greatest accomplishment as being able to help students to acquire desired skills, while for attendance aides it was getting truants to attend school. Gains in promotions and gains in test results increased from 1982 to 1983, but because of the many variables involved it can only be said that student performance improved during the year in which the number of paraprofessionals was increased. Attendance rates also improved after the assignment of attendance aides. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Div. of Quality Assurance.