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Becoming a ParaEducator

Paraprofessionals play a critical role in student success. These men and women come alongside students and teachers to provide instructional support in many ways in the Sumner School District.

The Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) Law mandates that all paraeducators who are performing instructional duties must meet specific requirements.

All paraeducators in the Sumner School District are required to meet NCLB paraeducator requirements:
  1. Paraeducators must currently have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent. 
  2. Paraeducators must fulfill one of the three following requirements:
a.  Completed two years of study at an instituion of higher education, or
b.  Obtained an associate's (or higher) degree, or
c.  Take the ParaPro Assessment developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) within the first 30 days of hire.  

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