The Paraeducator Assessment was developed in response to the federal legislation known as No Child Left Behind. This law requires that paraeducators have one of the following:
- Associate of Arts degree
- Two years of college (72 college credits)
- Demonstrated, through a state or local academic assessment, knowledge of, and the ability to assist in the instruction of reading, math, and writing.
The Paraeducator Assessment for prospective and practicing paraeducators measures skills and knowledge in reading, math, and writing, as well as the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction.
The test consists of 90 multiple choice questions across the subject areas reading, math, and writing. Approximately two-thirds of the questions in each subject area focus on basic skills and knowledge, and approximately one-third of the questions in each subject area focus on the application of those skills and knowledge in a classroom context. Fifteen of the questions in the test (five in each subject) are pretest questions and do not count toward the candidate’s score. The test questions are arranged by subject area, with reading first, then math, followed by writing.