An aide/paraprofessional is one who assists teachers and students under the direction of a professional teacher. The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) guidance defines an aide/paraprofessional as an employee who provides instructional support by reinforcing a teacher’s instruction in the classroom.
As part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title I paraprofessionals must have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent and meet one of the following three requirements to be employed in a Title I program:
Individuals holding a North Dakota educator’s professional license meet the requirements under ESSA and the teaching license number could be used in lieu of the paraprofessional certificate of completion number.
- Obtained a working knowledge in reading, mathematics, and writing by completing two years of study (48 semester hours) at an accredited institution of higher education; or
- Obtained an associate’s (or higher) degree; or
- Met a rigorous and objective standard of quality, which includes a North Dakota approved assessment of skills in reading, mathematics, and writing.