ERIC Number: ED484492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-1
Title I Paraprofessionals. Non-Regulatory Guidance
US Department of Education
This document is an updated version of the Title I Paraprofessionals Non-Regulatory Guidance. It has been reorganized so that all questions addressing similar topics are in the same section. In addition to a number of minor and technical changes, the following questions are new or have been significantly revised: (1) B-15 is revised to highlight the discretion LEAs have for distinguishing "new" and "existing" paraprofessionals in the case of paraprofessionals hired prior to January 8, 2002, but laid off and subsequently rehired after January 8, 2002. The revised response includes an example of what a district policy addressing this issue might say; (2) B-16 clarifies that LEAs have the discretion to determine that a paraprofessional meets Title I qualification requirements if the individual was previously determined to meet those requirements when employed by another LEA; (3) A new question (B-19) is added to say that, in general, the paraprofessional requirements do not apply to individuals working in 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs; (4) A new question (B-20) is added to clarify that the requirements do not apply to paraprofessionals working in Head Start programs unless the paraprofessional is working in a Head Start program jointly funded with Title I, Part A funds and the paraprofessional's salary is paid with Title I, Part A funds; (5) B-22 is revised to clarify that "two years of study" at an institution of higher education means the equivalent of two years of study defined by the institution of higher education rather than the State educational agency; (6) The guidance includes a new question (B-25) describing how continuing education credits may be used to meet the requirement that a paraprofessional complete at least two years of study at an institution of higher education; (7) A new question (C-5) is added stating that Title I, Part A funds may be used to pay for the paraprofessional assessment; (8) D-1 addressing the requirements for the supervision of paraprofessionals is expanded to include examples of programs that are inconsistent with the statutory and regulatory requirements; and (9) A new question (D-2) is added to clarify that the direct supervision requirements apply to paraprofessionals who work for a third-party contractor. The following sections are included in this document: (1) General Information; (2) Requirements for Paraprofessionals; (3) Paraprofessional Assessment; (4) Programmatic Requirements; and (5) Funding Issues.
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Supervision, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Federal Legislation, Personnel Evaluation, Competence, Professional Development, Inservice Education, Employment Qualifications, Financial Support
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Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.