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Paraeducator (Instructional Aide) Requirements and Assessment Opportunities

The No Child Left Behind Act was passed by Congress in January of 2001. This federal law requires that paraprofessionals who work in schools that are supported with Title I funds and provide instructional support in the classroom must be "highly qualified". This law defines "highly qualified" as having a high school diploma and one of the following:

  1. Completed two years of study (48 units) at an institution of higher education; or
  2. Obtained an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree; or
  3. Met a rigorous standard of quality and be able to demonstrate, through a formal state or local academic assessment, knowledge of, and the ability to, assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics.

The Instructional Aide Assessment was designed to assess a candidate's knowledge of, and the ability to assist in, instructing reading, writing, and mathematics. Passage of the Instructional Aide Assessment will assist candidates for instructional aide positions in meeting the requirement to be "highly qualified." 

California Education Code 45330 requires that no person shall be assigned to assist in instruction as an instructional aide unless the person has demonstrated proficiency in basic reading, writing and mathematics skills up to or exceeding that required for high school seniors in the local high schools. 

Passage of this assessment will satisfy both the requirements of the California Education Code, as well as the federal No Child Left Behind legislation. 


The Instructional Aide 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.  For more information, click HERE or contact Micara Figueroa (209) 736-6001 or  

Assessment Preparation/Resources 
The following may be utilized in preparation for the assessment (please click on the practice topic of interest below to be redirected to a different website):

Testing is held once a month (subject to change) at the
Calaveras County Office of Education
185 S. Main Street, Angels Camp, CA 95221