Escondido Union ESD | AR 4222 Personnel
Qualifications and Duties of Paraprofessionals
No person shall be assigned initially to assist in instruction as a paraprofessional unless he/she has demonstrated proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics skills up to or exceeding that required for high school seniors pursuant to Education Code 51220(a) and (f) in the high school district that includes all or the largest portion of the district. (Education Code 455330, 45344.5, 45361.5)
A paraprofessional who has passed a proficiency test in another district and was employed in the same capacity shall be considered to have met the district's proficiency standards, unless the district determines that the other district's test is not comparable. In addition, Merit System eligibility requirements must be met for regular employment. (Education Code 45344.5, 45361.5)
Instructional aides shall perform only such duties as, in the judgment of the certificated personnel to whom the instructional aide is assigned, may be performed by a person not licensed as a classroom teacher. These duties shall not include assignment of grades to students. (Education Code 45355)
(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)
Instructional aides need not perform their duties only in the physical presence of the teacher, but the teacher shall retain responsibility for the instruction and supervision of the students in his/her charge. (Education Code 45344)
Additional Qualifications and Duties of Paraprofessionals in Title I Programs
All paraprofessionals working in a program supported by federal Title I funds shall have received a high school diploma or its equivalent. (20 USC 6319; 34 CFR 200.58; Education Code 45330). This standard applies to non-Title I funded sites as well.
(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)
In addition, at least one of the following criteria shall be met immediately by paraprofessionals hired on or after January 8, 2002, and by the end of the 2006-06 school year by paraprofessionals hired before January 8, 2002: 920 USC 6319; 34 CFR 200.68; Education Code 45330)
1. Completion of at least two years of study at an institution of higher education
2. Possession of an associate's degree or higher
3. Knowledge of and ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics, as demonstrated through a local or state assessment. In addition, Merit System eligibility requirements must be met for regular employment.
A paraprofessional who was hired on or before January 1, 2003, may be deemed to have met the proficiency exam requirements of item #3 above if he/she has previously demonstrated, through a local assessment, knowledge of an ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics.
When a paraprofessional has previously worked in another district, the superintendent or designee may determine whether any assessments conducted by the previous district satisfy the proficiency criteria of item #3 above.
1. Who is proficient in English and a language other than English and who provides services primarily to enhance the participation of children in Title I programs by acting as a translator
2. Whose duties consist solely of conducting parental involvement activities consistent with 20 USC 6318
Paraprofessionals must qualify by exam for established assignment. Paraprofessionals working in a program supported by Title I funds may be assigned to: (20 USC 6319; 34 CDR 200.59)
1. Provide one-on-one tutoring for eligible students, if the 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 assistance in a computer laboratory
4. Conduct parental involvement activities
5. Provide supporting a library or media center
6. Act as a translator
7. Provide instructional services to students, provided that the paraprofessional is working under the direct supervision of a teacher
Title I paraprofessionals may assume limited duties that are assigned to similar personnel in non-Title I programs, including duties beyond classroom instruction or that do not benefit Title I students, in the same proportion of total work time as non-Title I paraprofessionals. (20 USC 6319; 34 CDR 200.59)
The principal of each school operating a Title I program shall annually attest in writing as to whether the school is in compliance with federal requirements regarding qualifications and duties of paraprofessionals listed above. Copies of attestations shall be maintained at the school and education center and shall be available to the public upon request. (20 USC 6319)
At the beginning of each school year, a parent/guardian shall be notified that he/she may request information regarding whether his/her child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. (20 USC 6311)
(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)
ESCONDIDO UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
August 16, 2007 Escondido, California