ERIC Number: ED455630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
State Level Initiatives Related to Training and Supervision of Paraeducators. Quick Turn Around (QTA).
Wallace, Teri; Gerlach, Kent
This report provides an overview of selected state initiatives related to the training and supervision of paraeducators serving students with disabilities. The five states highlighted in the document were selected because of the significant work each has done in the area of paraeducators. In all five states, paraeducator initiatives began prior to the amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), but efforts have been strengthened since that time. The states are Iowa, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Utah, and Washington. Results from interviews and a review of the states' documents indicated changes occurring since the 1997 amendments to IDEA. These changes include: (1) renewed emphasis on paraeducator preparation; (2) continued focus on building infrastructure; (3) development of state-level policies that set standards and guidelines for paraeducators and the professionals that direct their work; and (4) development of personnel preparation opportunities for teachers who direct the work of paraeducators. All of the states carried out a needs assessment of paraeducators, the teachers, and the administrators, established stakeholder and interagency collaborative groups to design, develop, and evaluate initiatives, and created policies through legislation to guide the development of paraeducator standards, guidelines, and competencies. (CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Needs Assessment, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Policy Formation, State Programs, State Standards, Supervisory Methods, Training Methods
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa; Minnesota; Rhode Island; Utah; Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997