Paraprofessional Requirements

  • Highly Qualified Paraprofessionals

    The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires that paraprofessionals meet one of the following qualifications if the paraprofessional will perform instructional duties in a Title I, Part A program:

    • Have completed 48 semester hours of college coursework; or
    • Have obtained an associate's (or higher) degree; or
    • Have met a rigorous standard of quality and can demonstrate, through a formal state or local academic assessment:
      • Knowledge of, and the ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing and mathematics; or
      • Knowledge of, and the ability to assist in instructing, reading readiness, writing readiness and mathematics readiness, as appropriate.

    ​If you have not completed 48 college hours or earned an associate degree or higher, and you want to apply at a Title I campus, you will need to take the ParaPro Assessment. 

    You can take the ParaPro Assessment either at a testing center or at home. More information about the ParaPro Assessment can found at ParaPro Assessment Bulletin.

    Options for taking the ParaPro Assessment

    • Katy ISD – Human Resources

      • Location: 438 FM 1463, Katy, TX 77494

      • Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      • Test Dates:

        • Thursday, September 22, 2022
        • Monday, September 26, 2022
        • Tuesday, October 11, 2022
        • Monday, October 24, 2022
        • Monday, November 14, 2022
      • How to Register – report to the HR Building no later than the Thursday prior to the test date and pay the $67 fee (cash or money order)

      • Contact: Ryan Labay, Human Resources Coordinator - ryanjlabay@katyisd.org or 281.396.2883

    • At-Home Testing Information:
      • Computer must meet the equipment and environment requirements
      • Monitored by a human proctor online through ProProctor
      • Appointments available 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
      • Fee: $85
      • Registration:  https://www.ets.org/parapro/register