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Lawndale ESD |  AR  4222  Personnel

Teacher Assistants/Paraprofessionals   

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Qualifications

No person shall be initially assigned 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 45330, 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 45344)

Instructional aides need not perform their duties 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)

A paraprofessional shall perform only such duties as, in the judgment of the certificated personnel to whom the paraprofessional 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 45330)

Paraprofessionals shall have met at least one of the following criteria: (20 USC 6319; Education Code 45330)

1. Completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education

2. Obtained an associate's degree or higher

3. In a manner other than receipt of a high school diploma, met a rigorous standard of quality and demonstrated, through a formal state or local academic assessment, knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing either:

a. Reading, writing and mathematics

b. Reading readiness, writing readiness and mathematics readiness

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 legal requirements regarding the qualifications and duties of paraprofessionals listed above. Copies of attestations shall be maintained at the school and district office and shall be available to the public upon request. (20 USC 6319) Parental Notification

At the beginning of each school year, parents/guardians shall be notified that they may request information regarding whether their children are provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. (20 USC 6312)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

Regulation LAWNDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: September 15, 2003 Lawndale, California

revised: January 10, 2017