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. Each district sets their own requirements for employment as a para, so individual districts may have additional requirements for employment.
http://jobs.kansasteachingjobs.com/ is a free option districts have to list their open positions. Para jobs are in the category of Classified, and you can filter by region and category. Each district may also list positions on their website.
The Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) (external link) provides para training on a variety of topics.
Below are listed the state and federal requirements for school districts to receive funding for paraeducators in specific assignments.
Considerations for the Effective Use of Paraprofessionals in Schools (PDF) (KSDE, September 2018)
This is a resource document created to support Kansas local educational agency (LEA) administration, staff, and families in the effective use of paraprofessionals in school-based settings. There is an emphasis on understanding effective practices, encouraging data-based decision-making, and managing implementation of paraprofessionals.
Abilities And Assistance Needs Matrix (Word)
Checklist Of Existing Environmental Supports (Word)
Intensive Needs Checklist (Word)
Intensive Needs Paraprofessional Support Summary Sheet (Word)
Intensive Needs Rubric (Word)
Plan For Paraprofessional Assistance (Word)
Prompt Fading (Word)
Sample Schedule Analysis For Determining Staffing Needs (Word)
Paraprofessionals providing instructional support in programs supported with Title I, Part A funds must meet the following requirements:
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
Any paraprofessional, including those employed by an external agency such as a special education cooperative or interlocal, that works in a Title I schoolwide building and provide educational/instructional services must be highly qualified.
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.
*Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (external link)
The Kansas State Board of Education approved the following assessments and established passing scores for each:
A fillable PDF is available through the LCP application that districts may complete and give to paraprofessionals. Both the paras and school district should keep the records (transcripts of college classes or test results from the tests) that demonstrate the paraprofessionals are qualified. All paraprofessional records are maintained locally and not by KSDE.
Questions regarding Title I: Tate Toedman firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions regarding Paraeducator requirements: Evelyn Alden email@example.com 785-296-3868
Questions regarding LCP application: Nicole Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistance in registering or managing the KSDE authenticated applications account: KSDE Help Desk: 785-296-7935.
Title III paraprofessionals must meet all Title I requirements with the following exceptions:
IDEA has no specific requirements for paraprofessionals. The following requirements are for state funding (special education categorical aid):
The state Special Education Categorical Aid Reimbursement Guide has complete information http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=538
LEAs may add additional requirements.
Assistant Teacher/Teacher Aide Qualifications:
Teacher aides/assistant teachers/paraprofessionals should have one of the following credentials:
KSDE recommends option #1. Options #2-4 are also acceptable. All Assistant Teachers must complete an orientation session addressing confidentiality and the services to be provided in this program.
Districts must develop a professional learning plan that includes a minimum of 15 hours of in-service training in early learning or related topics, including child abuse and neglect training, for all direct service staff, including teachers, paraprofessionals, and aides. The requirement can be found in the Preschool-Aged At-Risk Program Requirements and Assurances found at:
Main Team Page
Kansas Integrated Accountability System (KIAS)
Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) (external link)
Kansas’ Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) (external link)
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