A major part of the NCLB Act deals with teacher and paraprofessional quality. Paraprofessionals, as defined by NCLB, are those who:

  • provide one-on-one tutoring
  • assist with classroom management
  • provide assistance in a computer laboratory
  • provide support in a library or media center
  • act as a translator (exception: paraprofessionals who serve primarily as translators)
  • provide instructional services while working under the direct supervision of a teacher

All paraprofessionals, regardless of hire date, must have earned a secondary school diploma or its equivalent. Districts must ensure that all new paraprofessionals hired after Jan. 8, 2002, and who work in a program supported with Title I, Part A funds meet certain other requirements.

Helpful Links

NCLB Teacher & Paraprofessional Requirements
TEA Requirements for Highly Qualified Professionals
Paraprofessional Assessment Provider (TCTA provides this link as a member service; we don't monitor this site. Please contact your school district to verify whether this test is accepted and the qualifying score your district requires.)
More on NCLB Educator Quality Requirements
NCLB Overview & Recent News
NCLB: Accountability

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