The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Section 1119(h) Qualification for Teachers and Paraprofessionals, requires that Local Education Agencies (LEAs) ensure that teachers and paraprofessionals hired with Title I funds or working in a Title I Schoolwide Program meet the requirements for highly qualified.
Please Note: All teachers and paraprofessionals working in a schoolwide program are considered Title I employees.
Each LEA shall require that the principal of each school operating a Title I program under ESEA Section 1114, Schoolwide Programs, or Section 1115, Targeted Assistance Schools, attest annually in writing as to whether such school is in compliance with the requirements of Section 1119. In addition, copies of attestations shall be:
A paraprofessional is an employee of an LEA who provides instructional support in a program supported with Title I, Part A funds.
According to Title I, Section 1119(g)(2), paraprofessionals who provide instructional support include those who:
Because paraprofessionals provide instructional support, they should not be providing planned direct instruction, or introducing to students new skills, concepts, or academic content.
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, Part A.
All Title I paraprofessionals must have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent. Additionally, paraprofessionals working in a program supported with Title I, Part A funds must have:
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