HQ Requirements for Parapros
Under the No Child Left Behind Act of January 2002, all Paraprofessionals, who work in an instructional support capacity, supported by Title 1, Part A funds, must have completed at least one of the following:
- 2 years of completed study (60 hours) at an accredited institution of higher education, OR
- An Associate’s (or higher) degree, OR
- Successful completion of EITHER the Workkeys Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants (PCTA) Assessment OR the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Parapro Assessment.
Greenville County School District requires all Paraprofessionals to meet this Highly Qualified requirement, regardless of which school they may work for from year to year. Life Long Learning administers the Workkeys PCTA Assessment; the ETS Parapro Assessment is not currently administered in our district. Information for upcoming test dates, classes, etc. can be found in the brochure below or by contacting LifeLong Learning directly. Individuals who take the Workkeys PCTA Assessment will have to successfully complete 4 components: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, Business Writing, and Instructional Support Inventory. Successful completion of the Workkeys PCTA Assessment includes scoring at least a 4 on Applied Mathematics and Reading for Information and at least a 3 on Business Writing and the Instructional Support Inventory. The state of South Carolina does not currently have reciprocity with any other states for other Parapro Assessments.