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Paraprofessionals in Kansas Public Schools

The State of Kansas has no statewide requirements for employment as a paraeducator or paraprofessional in a school, however state and federal funding for some positions may have requirements. Individual districts may have requirements for employment.

Below are listed the state and federal requirements for school districts to receive funding for paraeducators in specific assignments.

Title I Paraprofessional Requirements

Paraprofessionals providing instructional support in programs supported with Title I, Part A funds must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a high school diploma or a GED and
    • Complete 48 hours at an institution of higher education OR
    • Obtain an associate’s (or higher) degree OR
    • Pass a State approved assessment that assesses the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics (or reading, writing, mathematics readiness).

There are two types of Title I schools. The type of Title I school determines which paraprofessionals have to meet the requirements. The list of schools receiving Title I funding, and their type is located here: Title I Part A

  • In a Targeted Assistance School, only paraprofessionals paid with Title I Part A funds who provide instructional support must meet the requirements.
  • In a schoolwide, all paraprofessionals providing instructional support must meet the requirements. In schoolwides all teachers and paraprofessionals are considered Title I teachers and paraprofessionals. In schoolwides it does not matter who hires the paraprofessional (i.e. district or coop) or from which fund he or she is paid (i.e. general, special education, Title I, ESL, at risk). If the paraprofessional provides instructional support in a schoolwide, he or she must meet the requirements.

Individuals who work in food services, cafeteria or playground supervision, personal care services, non-instructional computer assistance, and similar positions are not considered paraprofessionals under Title I.

Paraprofessionals must meet the qualifications upon hiring. There is no grace period.

Approved Assessments for Title I Paraprofessionals

The Kansas State Board of Education approved the following assessments and established passing scores for each:

  • ParaPro Assessment by Educational Testing Services (ETS).
    • One assessment includes reading, writing and mathematics. The passing score is 455 points.
  • ParaEducator PD Now! (formerly ParaEducator Learning Network) by Master Teacher, Inc. There are two assessments; both must be passed to meet the requirements:
    • Assessment 1 Reading, Writing and Math: Instructional Support (65% to pass) and
    • Assessment 2 Reading, Writing and Math: Knowledge and Application (70% to pass).
  • WorkKeys by ACT, Inc. There are three assessments and an observation survey that must be taken and passed:
    • Reading for Information (Level 4 score to pass)
    • Applied Mathematics (Level 4 score to pass)
    • Writing (either writing assessment is acceptable; Level 3 to pass); and
    • Instructional Support Inventory (150 points to pass).

K-Para has been replaced by a fillable PDF to be certified and maintained by each district. The PDF is available through the LCP application.

Questions regarding Title I: Sandy Guidry sguidry@ksde.org
Questions regarding Paraeducator requirements: Evelyn Alden ealden@ksde.org   785-296-3868
Questions regarding LCP application: Nicole Clark nclark@ksde.org
Assistance in registering or managing the KSDE authenticated applications account: KSDE Help Desk: 785-296-7935.

Title III (ESOL) Paraprofessional Requirements

Title III paraprofessionals must meet all Title I requirements with the following exceptions:

  1. Paraprofessionals who act primarily as translators and are proficient in English and another language other than English; or
  2. paraprofessionals who serve primarily as parental involvement specialists [Title I Section 1119(e)].

Title VI B (Special Education) Paraprofessional Requirements

Title VIB has no specific requirements for paraprofessionals. The following requirements are for state funding (special education categorical aid):

  1. Be a high school graduate (or GED equivalent), and;
  2. Complete an orientation session addressing confidentiality, the services to be provided, and the policies and procedures of the local education agency concerning special education.
  3. Complete between 10-20 hours of inservice, depending on length of service (may be replaced by relevant licensure)

The state Special Education Categorical Aid Reimbursement Guide has complete information http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=538

LEAs may add additional requirements.

Paraprofessional Questions:
Evelyn Alden
785-296-3868
ealden@ksde.org

Early Childhood, Special Education, and Title Services Team

Director
Colleen Riley
criley@ksde.org


Assistant Director
Doug Boline
dboline@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Sandy Guidry
sguidry@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Kerry Haag
khaag@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Tammy Mitchell
tmitchell@ksde.org

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