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Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program   

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For the purpose of this article, the following terms have the following meanings:

(a) "Instructional aide" means a person who is employed on either a full-time or a part-time basis for the purpose of directly assisting with classroom instruction in mathematics or reading in a California public school in which kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, are taught and who does not possess a valid teaching credential, certificate, authorization, or permit issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and does not include a paraprofessional, as defined in subdivision (b).

(b) "Paraprofessional" means a teacher aide, a teacher assistant, or a speech language pathology assistant who is employed on either a full-time or a part-time basis for the purpose of directly assisting with classroom instruction in mathematics or reading in a California public school in which kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, are taught and who does not possess a valid teaching credential, certificate, authorization, or permit issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

(c) "Instructional materials that are aligned to state standards" means, for kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, materials adopted by the state board after January 1, 2001, unless otherwise authorized by the state board. For grades 9 to 12, inclusive, "instructional materials that are aligned to state standards" means materials that the governing board of the local education agency has, after careful review, certified are aligned to the state mathematics or reading content standards and the curriculum frameworks for these subjects.

(d) "Local education agency" means a school district, county office of education, state special school, or charter school.

(e) "Teacher" means a person who holds a valid teaching credential, certificate, authorization, or permit issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and is employed on either a full-time or a part-time basis in a California public school in which kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, are taught.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 524, Sec. 1.)