ND Approved Assessments for Meeting Paraprofessional Requirements

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ParaPro® Assessment Information
The ParaPro® Assessment was developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS), for prospective and practicing paraprofessionals. The test measures skills and knowledge in reading, mathematics, and writing, as well as the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction. For additional information about the test, visit www.ets.org/parapro.
 
Requirement: Title I paraprofessionals must receive a passing score on this exam in order to meet the third option stated in the requirements. The required score for this exam is a composite score of 464 in the reading, mathematics, and writing section, as set by a 2003 standard setting study.
 
Cost: The approximate cost of the exam is $50.
 
Scoring: Individuals are able to view their score upon completion of the online exam and will receive an official score report from the ETS approximately two weeks after the test date. A copy of your scores are also shared with the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board, the state’s teacher licensing board; however, NDDPI does not have access to these records.
 
Registering for and Taking the Test: Candidates interested in the ParaPro® Assessment should contact their school district’s administrative office to get information regarding testing availability. No pre- registration is required. Candidates will provide their personal information and test fees at the test center on test day.
 
Testing at the School: School districts administering the ParaPro® Assessment must enroll with the ETS by completing an application. Guidance is available on this process.
 
Test Preparation Materials: The ETS is committed to helping you do your best on the ParaPro® Assessment by offering a variety of test preparation materials. They offer both free and low-cost test preparation materials including study companions, online tutorials, practice tests, and other resources to help you feel ready and confident on test day.
 
Contact: For more information, contact ParaPro® Assessment at parapro@ets.org or (800) 772-9476.
 

 

Praxis CORE® Assessment Information
The Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educator (CORE®) tests replaced the Praxis I® (PPST®) effective January 1, 2014. The CORE® tests measure academic skills in reading, mathematics, and writing. These tests are designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs. The NDDPI has added the CORE® test to the list of approved assessments to meet the paraprofessional requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
 
Requirement: Title I paraprofessionals must receive the following required passing score on this exam:
 
Test Code Subject Area CORE® Cut Score   Note:
North Dakota has instituted a composite score of 466 based on the CORE® Reading, Mathematics, and Writing tests providing the candidate has met the minimum passing score currently in place for two of the three tests.
5712 Reading 156  
5732 Mathematics 150  
5722 Writing 160  
  Composite 466  
 
 
Cost: Fees vary depending on the test for which you register. Costs range from $85 – $135.
 
Scoring: Score reports are available online thru the individual’s ETS account 2 to 3 weeks after the testing window closes or 2 to 3 weeks after the test date for those tests that are offered continuously.
 
Taking the Test: All CORE® tests are delivered by computer. The CORE® tests are offered continuously throughout the calendar year. Please review the Test Centers and Dates for more information.
 
Test Centers and Dates: CORE® tests are delivered by computer at an international network of test centers that include Prometric® test centers, some universities and other locations. Use the ETS test center search to locate the test centers near you. A test center map and driving directions to the test center is available as part of your search results for most of the test centers.  
 
Test Preparation Materials: Praxis® has free study companions available as well as Interactive Practice Tests for purchase online. More information can be found on North Dakota’s Praxis testing.
 
Contact: For more information or to register for the Praxis® CORE® tests, visit www.ets.org/praxis/about.

 

ACT® WorkKeys Assessment Information
The ACT® WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that measures foundational and soft skills as well as specialized assessments to target specific needs. Since North Dakota school districts have access to provide WorkKeys® assessments to their students, the NDDPI has joined other states by adding the WorkKeys® to the list of approved assessments to meet the paraprofessional requirements.
 
Requirement: Title I paraprofessionals must receive the following required passing score on this exam:
Assessment Level Score Note:
The levels required by the NDDPI to constitute passing scores on ACT®WorkKeys are based on the average scores established by other states using this exam for the same paraprofessional qualifications. Candidates must meet the minimum level for all three assessments.
Workplace Documents (formerly Reading for Information) 4 of 7
Applied Mathematics 4 of 7
Writing or Business Writing 3 of 5
Cost: Fees vary depending on the number of tests needed.
Scoring: The ACT will send a print out detailing what levels you achieved and what skills are associated with those levels. The WorkKeys® Internet Version Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics test scores are available immediately. The writing scores can take up to 10 days to score. Paper-and-pencil scoring can take place at a WorkKeys® Solutions Provider, or directly through the ACT. In general, assessments are scored and reports shipped within 10 working days after the date in which the ACT receives the assessments.
Taking the Test: The WorkKeys® tests are available in print and delivered by computer. The WorkKeys® test is administered at many locations throughout the state. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact their school district’s administrative office to get information regarding testing availability.
Test Preparation Materials: The ACT does not publish a study guide for the WorkKeys®; however, the publisher Key Train provides study guides for the assessment online or at (877) 842-6205. ACT does provide practice tests.
Contact: For more information or to register for the WorkKeys®, visit www.workkeys.org or (800) 967-5539.

 

Project PARA Assessment Information
Project PARA is a school based instructional resource that is designed to give schools optimal flexibility in how they decide to use the program. It contains fourteen units and three assessments that cover a variety of topics to aid paraeducators with the development of skills needed to work effectively in a classroom setting. Project PARA offers a series of six tests that must be completed to satisfy Title I Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements. The tests are aggregated and averaged into one composite score.   
 
These online tests include:
  • Assisting with Reading Instruction
  • Assisting with Written Language Skills
  • Assisting with Fundamental Mathematics Skills
  • Content Skills Assessment for Reading
  • Content Skills Assessment for Writing
  • Content Skills Assessment for Mathematics
Requirement: Title I paraprofessionals must receive a passing score on this exam in order to meet the third option stated in the requirements. The required score for this exam is a composite score of 69%.
Scoring: For participants who have completed the North Dakota Department of Instruction requirements for Title I, certificates of completion can be downloaded when a participant has met the following steps:
  1. The requirements for Title I as shown above have been met.
  2. Completion has been verified online by their instructor, and a printable certificate will download from the Instructor Resources.
Contact: For more information, contact Project PARA at http://para.unl.edu/.


 

The Master Teacher’s Paraeducator Online Training and Assessments
The Master Teacher’s Paraeducator Online Training and Assessment Program measures the paraeducator’s ability to support reading, writing, and math instruction as well as the paraeducator’s knowledge and skills to solve problems in reading, writing, and math.  The program also includes courses to prepare for the assessments as well as practice assessments.

 
Requirement: Title I paraprofessionals must receive the following required passing score on this exam:
Assessment Percentage Cut Point   Note:
The levels required by the NDDPI to constitute passing scores on ParaEducator PD Now!® are based on the average scores established by other states using this exam for the same paraprofessional qualifications. Candidates must meet the minimum cut point for both assessments.
Assessment 1:
Reading, Mathematics and Writing - Instructional Support
65%  
Assessment 2:
Reading, Mathematics, and Writing - Knowledge and Application
65%  
Cost: For school or district purchases, the pricing is based on quantity of licenses.  The average price is $45 per license. 
Scoring: The assessment scores can be viewed immediately by the administrators of the training.  Individuals can also request their assessment scores by contact The Master Teacher at (800) 669-9633.
 
Registering/Taking the Test: Schools and School Districts administering the assessment will need to purchase licenses from The Master Teacher for the Paraeducator Online Training and Assessment Program.
Test Preparation Materials: The Master Teacher Paraeducator Online Training and Assessment Program includes 13 training courses to help prepare for Assessments 1 and 2 which paraprofessionals must pass to meet paraprofessional requirements in North Dakota.
 
Contact: For more information on The Master Teacher Paraeducator Online Training and Assessment Program call (800) 669-9633 or their website.

Praxis I® Assessment Information
The Praxis I® (PPST®) was a basic academic skills assessment covering reading, mathematics, and writing. The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educator (CORE) Tests replaced the Praxis I® (PPST®) effective January 1, 2014. Although this exam is no longer available, if an individual has taken this in the past, these results could be submitted for review. North Dakota’s passing scores are 173 in Reading, 170 in Mathematics, and 173 in Writing.
 

HELP® (Higher Education Learning Profile) Assessment Information
The HELP® (Higher Education Learning Profile), published by the Educational Resources, Inc., is an approved assessment to meet the paraprofessional requirements. Although this exam is no longer available, if an individual has taken this in the past, these results could be submitted for review. North Dakota’s passing scores for this exam are 67 in Reading Comprehension, 67 in Essential Math Skills, and 66 in Written Expression.