Any educational assistant who works in a Title I school is referred to as a Paraprofessional. Paraprofessionals must meet Highly Qualified(HQ) guidelines as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 which states "The paraprofessionals must show competency (e.g., be qualified)".
Definition of Highly Qualified
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) guidelines require that paraprofessionals(educational assistants) who provide instructional services must have fulfilled one of the following to meet the highly qualified requirements:
- Obtained an associates or higher degree or
- Completed two years of study at an institution of higher education or
- Passed a test that demonstrates knowledge of, and the ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics
Paraprofessional Testing for East Tennessee is done through ETS. Following is information regarding the local testing and information center in Knoxville:
Sylvan Learning Center
10969 Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37922
An appointment is needed to take the test. Please call (865) 675-7323 to schedule an appointment.