What is the No Child Left Behind Act?It is a Federal Education Act, which is intended to improve the quality of educators by addressing the qualifications for employment of paraprofessionals and teachers with particular emphasis on reading, writing, and mathematics.
What is the new criteria for employment as a paraprofessional in a Title I school or Bright Beginnings Program hired prior to January 8, 2002?Paraprofessionals must meet ONE of three options:
What is the NC Association of Teacher Assistants Paraprofessional Development Plan?
What is the NC Department of Labor Teacher Assistant Apprentice program?
What are COMPASS, ASSET, and ACCUPLACER tests?
What is the WorkKeys Occupational Profile Assessment?
Do all paraprofessionals in CMS have to meet these requirements?No, currently requirements only apply to any paraprofessionals with instructional duties in Title I schools or the Bright Beginnings Program.
Can I transfer to a school that does not have the requirements? Teacher assistants can apply for transfer through the normal transfer process conducted during the spring each year. It is possible, however, that these requirements may eventually apply to all teacher assistants throughout the district.
What will happen if I choose not to complete the requirements?If requirements are not completed by January 8, 2006, you will no longer be eligible to be employed in a Title I or Bright Beginnings school in CMS.
What degrees meet the requirements?Degrees meeting the requirement are an Associate's degree or higher from an IHE.
Can the No Child Left Behind Act requirement deadline be extended past January 8, 2006?No, this deadline was imposed by the Federal Government.
If I have questions, whom can I call?If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact the Title I office.