Paraprofessional Requirements of NCLB
The No Child Left Behind Act has raised the qualifications expected of
most paraprofessionals working in Title I.
Under the previous law,Title I paraprofessionals, except those acting
as translators, had to have a high school diploma
or its equivalent or had to obtain one within two years of being
Under NCLB, local school districts had to ensure that as of January 8,
2002, all Title I paraprofessionals, including translators,
had at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. In
addition, districts must ensure that paraprofessionals hired after this
date meet the more stringent requirements described in Box 4-C, which
include completing two years of higher education,
or obtaining an associate’s degree, or meeting a “rigorous standard of
quality” and demonstrating knowledge by passing a state exam.
By January 8, 2006, all paraprofessionals working in Title I-supported
programs must meet the more stringent requirements,
except those who do not carry out instructional duties such as
translators and paraprofessionals who work solely on parental
paraprofessionals cannot provide direct instruction to students unless
they are under the direct supervision of a teacher.