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ERIC Number: ED497225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
Description and Employment Criteria of Instructional Paraprofessionals. Issue Brief. NCES 2007-008
Hampden-Thompson, Gillian; Diehl, Juliet; Kinukawa, Akemi
National Center for Education Statistics
Most public elementary and secondary schools have "instructional paraprofessionals" who are support staff responsible for assisting in the delivery of instruction. Instructional paraprofessionals account for about 12 percent of full-time or its equivalent staff in these schools while teachers make up about half of such staff (Hoffman and Sable 2006). However, little is known about the assignments of these paraprofessionals and the educational qualifications that they are required to have in order to work in an instructional capacity. This Issue Brief (1) offers a descriptive portrait of the distribution of instructional paraprofessionals in all public elementary and secondary schools by instructional responsibility and selected school characteristics; and (2) examines the educational attainment criteria used by school districts in hiring these paraprofessionals. (Contains 6 tables and 4 endnotes.)
National Center for Education Statistics. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
IES Funded: Yes