- Paraprofessional FAQ
- Local Screening Assessment Info
- Study Guides
- Modules Info
- Title I Schools for 2014-15
- February/March 2015 Paraprofessional NCLB Workshop
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), enacted on January 8, 2002, establishes special requirements for all paraprofessionals working in Title I schools (Section 1119). Salem-Keizer School District has developed a plan for paraprofessionals to meet the requirements imposed by this federal legislation. In addition to demonstrating fluency in standard English, all paraprofessionals with instructional duties in programs supported by Title I must meet one of the following requirements:
- Possess a Associate's degree or higher, or
- Complete two years of study at an institution of higher education with a minimum of 72 quarter college credits or 48 semester college credits. U.S. transcripts must contain evidence of passing (C or higher) grades in classes equivalent to Chemeketa Community College's Reading 90 (in English), Writing 115 (in English) and Math 60, or
- Attend a district workshop consisting of: passing assessments that will demonstrate basic knowledge of, and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing and mathematics and complete a series of nine district workshop modules to satisfy the instructional skills component of the NCLB legislation.
If you feel you have met the qualifications as noted in (1) or (2) above, you must register this information with the District by submitting original transcripts (on certified college letterhead—this may mean official transcripts in some colleges) to the Human Resources Office. Your transcripts will be reviewed to determine if the requirements for No Child Left Behind are met. You will be mailed a notification letter regarding your NCLB status.
1. What paraprofessionals are affected by the NCLB legislation?
Paraprofessionals that provide instructional support in a program supported with Title 1 funds. This includes paraprofessionals who (1) provide one-on-one tutoring if such tutoring is scheduled at a time when a student would not otherwise receive instruction from a teacher, (2) assist with classroom management, such as organizing instructional and other materials, (3) provide instructional assistance in a computer laboratory, (4) conduct parental involvement activities, (5) provide support in a library or media center, (6) act as a translator, or (7) provide instructional support services under the direct supervision of a teacher.
2. How do the paraprofessional qualification requirements apply to paraprofessionals in a schoolwide Title 1 program?
The requirements apply to all paraprofessionals with instructional duties in a school-wide program, without regard to whether a position is funded with federal, state, or local funds. In a school wide Title 1 program, Title I funds support all teachers and paraprofessionals.
3. Which schools are supported with Title I funds?
Salem-Keizer schools that have school wide Title I programs are: Auburn, Bush, Chavez, Claggett Creek, Eyre, Four Corners, Grant, Hallman, Hayesville, Highland, Hoover, Houck, Keizer, Kennedy, Lamb, McKay, North, Parrish, Richmond, Scott, Stephens, Swegle, Waldo, Washington, Weddle, and Yoshikai. Title I status is reviewed annually so there could be changes.
4. What if I have a foreign transcript?
If you received training from an institution of higher education outside the United States, your credits must be evaluated and accepted by a regional accrediting authority in the United States that is a member of The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Generally participants use Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute. You can visit their website at www.acei1.com for directions. Foreign transcripts must demonstrate English language proficiency by completion of classes equivalent to Writing 115 and Reading 90 in English.
5. One of the options for meeting the educational requirements for paraprofessionals is to test their knowledge and ability from a formal academic assessment. What is the purpose of this assessment?
The purpose of the academic assessment to demonstrate that Title I professionals have the appropriate knowledge and ability to assist in instructing students and are competent in required academic content areas and instructional techniques.
6. What must be assessed?
Areas that must be assessed are knowledge of basic skills and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing and mathematics. Salem-Keizer School District has designed an assessment for reading, writing and mathematics, in accordance with the required state standards. A score of at least 75% in reading, 70% in math and 16 points in writing from the State-scoring guide is required to pass the paraprofessional assessment.
7. How can a paraprofessional prepare for the assessment?
A study guide is available from the Salem-Keizer School District, Human Resources website and in the office. This study guide has sample assessment questions, basic skills explanations and other sources for assistance. Study sessions are included in the workshop format.
8. How can I meet the NCLB criteria of instructing students in the areas of reading, writing, and math?
Our District has created professional development modules for the demonstration of this instructional component. There are a series of nine different workshop modules dealing with topics covering management, reading, writing and math. Participants are required to complete homework assignments, participate, and summarize their key learning to receive credit for each workshop module. Paraprofessionals may also use approved workshops or courses as an alternative for these modules.
9. How can a substitute or applicant for a paraprofessional position meet the NCLB requirements?
Salem-Keizer School District offers workshops throughout the year for $75. Substitutes or applicants may participate in all workshops. Study guides are available in the Human Resources office or can be printed from this website.
10. Do I need to have fluency in the English language to qualify for the NCLB certification?
Demonstrating you are competent in basic literary skills, including the ability to speak and write standard English, is a requirement.
11. Who do I contact if I need additional information?
Contact Sheryle White in Human Resources at 503-399-3061.
Salem-Keizer’s screening tool contains three different assessments; reading, writing, and mathematics. The reading assessment covers vocabulary, locating information, and comprehension questions in a multiple-choice format. The writing assessment requires that a person write up to two pages on a prompt chosen, which is scored in accordance to Oregon’s writing scoring guide. The mathematics assessment covers calculations and estimations, statistics and probability, algebraic relationships, measurement, and geometry.
Assessments are scored separately, and a passing score is required on each of the assessments. A passing score for reading is 75%, math is 70% and writing is a total of 16 points from the State scoring guide. If one of the assessments did not have a passing score, only that test would need to be re-taken.
Students who have met their OAKS requirements in reading, writing and mathematics, can use those to meet the requirements for the three assessments. The met scores are: Reading = 236, Writing = 40, Math = 236
College courses that can be substituted for the Salem-Keizer School assessment with a C or better grade:
RDG 090: College Textbook Reading for 3 credit hours.
MATH 060: Introductory Algebra for 3 credit hours.
WRTG 115: Introduction to Composition for 3 credit hours.
Paraprofessionals can obtain a study guide packet for the district screening assessment. This study guide will contain explanations of basic skills/knowledge, sample assessment questions, and helpful web sites. The study guides are available by clicking on the links below, they may also be picked up at the Human Resources Office at 2450 Lancaster Drive NE.
Required modules to meet the instructional skills for content areas and support the role of a paraprofessional are available throughout the year. Contact Human Resources office for schedules.
Salem-Keizer Paraprofessional Required Support Modules
(No cost to current Salem-Keizer employees unless noted)
|Module Title||Module Objectives|
|Promoting Positive Behavior|
|Getting Ready for Working with Students (designed for elementary level)|
|Reading: Building Academic Language|
|Reading: Supporting Comprehension Skills|
|Reading: Organizing for Effective Instruction|
|Assessing Reading Proficiency|
|Instructional Strategies for Writing|
|Instructional Strategies in Math Overview|
|Math Problem Solving|
Chemeketa Community College previously offered courses that can be substituted for the Salem-Keizer workshop modules.
ED 113: Instruction Strategies in Language Arts and Reading substitutes for the seven-hour set of Salem-Keizer reading/writing modules.
ED 123: Teaching Techniques in Language Arts substitutes for the seven-hour set of Salem-Keizer reading/writing modules.
ED 114: Instructional Strategies in Mathematics and Science for the four-hour set of Salem-Keizer math modules.
ED 124: Teaching Techniques in Mathematics substitutes for the four-hour set of Salem-Keizer math modules.
ED 130: Comprehensive Classroom Management substitutes for the 90-minute Salem-Keizer session, Promoting Positive Behavior.
ED 217: Classroom Management substitutes for the 90-minute Salem-Keizer session, Promoting Positive Behavior.
Paraprofessionals may substitute the course for the Salem-Keizer workshop modules with documentation provided to Sheryle White in Human Resources. Courses from other higher education institutions may also be submitted for consideration in these topic areas. Salem-Keizer Paraprofessionals that are interested in taking the Chemeketa courses may apply for reimbursement through the district Classified Tuition Reimbursement program.