Paraeducator Training and Testing

Paraeducator Training and Testing2020-04-23T12:27:27-07:00

Training & testing for paraeducators in SW Washington.

Assessment

ETS ParaPro Assessment

We’re excited to announce we have reopened the Para Testing Schedule for August-October 2020!

New Test Safety Protocols are in place and will be strictly enforced.

  • Use back-entrance to minimize contact within the office.
  • Upon entering participants will need to wear a mask and pass a health screening. No extra masks are available.
  • Restrooms are not available.
  • One person in the main office space at a time.
  • One person per testing room.

Please note other testing centers are available in Washington. They may be offering availability that is different than ours. Testing centers are independent of each other and will set their own availability and pricing. To view all testing centers please visit https://www.ets.org/parapro/register/centers

For more information on ESD 112 response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.esd112.org/coronavirus-resources/

Schedule your test here!
Please click here to access the current schedule and register for a test. If no tests are available, all current tests have been claimed. Note there is not an automated waitlist in Acuity, feel free to check back for cancelations.
To request additional test dates beyond October 2020, please complete our form here.

With the implementation of our new online scheduling platform, ESD 112 now assesses a flat $75 dollar fee for the ParaPro Assessment.

All payment must be made by card at the time the test is scheduled.

The test is given on a computer and consists of 90, multiplechoice questions- 30 each on:  

  • Language Arts  
  • Reading  
  • Mathematics 

You will be in a small room by yourself. Your belongings may be stored in the room with you. You are welcome to bring noise canceling devices should you be worried about general office noise distrupting your test.

Participants may NOT bring a calculator or notes.  Scratch paper and pencils will be provided. 

Test Safety Protocols are in place:

  • Upon entering participants will need to wear a mask and pass a health screening. No extra masks are available.
  • Restrooms are not available.
  • One person in the main office space at a time. Scheduling system did not allow for staggering start times so people will be brought in 1 at a time.

View the ETS Tutorial for more information.

You will be given 2.5 hours* to complete the test. 

 *Additional time may be granted for disabilityhealth-related needs, and for English Language Learners. Please refer to the ParaPro Assessment Bulletin (PDF, ETS Website) on applying for additional accommodations.

Any current or prospective Para Professionals who do not currently have one of the following: 

  1. Two years of study at an institution of higher education. The institution you choose must meet five criteria of the Higher Education Act, Section 101(a). All classes must be at level 100 or higher. 
  1. Associate degree or higher. All associate degrees are acceptable. 
  1. Washington paraeducator portfolio or apprenticeship program — completed previously. Those meeting the apprenticeship requirements must present a journeycard or certificate. The portfolio and apprenticeships are no longer offered for enrollment, however OSPI will continue to honor this pathway. 

PESB Source 

ParaPro Assessments at ESD 112 are scheduled by appointment Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 9:00am. Afternoon appointments avalible by request only; please contact parapro@esd112.org to schedule. 

When testing at ESD112, the test is held at our Vancouver office at 2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver WA 98661. The testing room is a small space, with computer desk and chair, and space to accommodate backpacks/purses.

All test takers must enter through the back-entrance of ESD 112. A phone number is posted to the door with additional instructions, as a health screening must be complete before entering.

For other testing locations in Washington, and across the country, please visit: https://www.ets.org/parapro/register/centers

Below are several resources you may use when preparing for the ParaPro Assessment. 

Complimentary Resources 

Click Here for the ParaPro Assessment Tutorial (ETS Website) 

Click Here for the ParaPro Study Companion (PDF, ETS Website) 

Click Here for the ParaPro Interactive PowerPoint Modules (Dropbox) 

 

For-Cost Resources 

90-Day Subscription to the ParaPro Assessment Practice Test (ETS, $19.95)

You will receive your scores immediately upon finishing and exiting the test. 

  • Passing score for Washington State is 461. 
  • Passing score for Oregon is 455. 

Upon passing the test the proctor at ESD 112 will print out two copies of your “unofficial” results. These will show your score, however they will be printed on normal copier paper. One copy will be for you to retain for your records, or to make additional copies as needed. The second copy is for you to turn in to whichever district needs to receive your results. ESD 112 will not send out your results to districts. 

You will receive your official results directly from ETS via mail in 2-3 weeks.  

Currently, ParaPro Assessment results never expire. However, results may no longer be available digitally after 9.5 years. Please be sure to retain a hard copy of your passing results on-hand, in case you need to refer to them later on. 

 If you do not pass the ParaPro Assessment you may re-take the assessment as many times as needed. However please be aware of the following: 

  • You will need to pay the $75 assessment fee each time you take the assessment. 
  • ETS requires a 35-day waiting period between attempts. This is to ensure you are answering a different set of questions than your first test.

You can reschedule anytime, just be sure to count 35 days after your previous test. Select the “RETEST” option so we can be sure your 35-day minimum is met.

ETS offers testing accommodations in the form of increasing your test time from 2.5 hours depending on your needs. People can seek accommodations related to a disabilityhealth needs, or as English Language Learners. ETS allows all of those seeking accommodations to submit requests via email to disability.reg@ets.org or by mail to ETS Disability Services P.O. Box 6054 Princeton, NJ 08541-6054 USA.

Please refer the links above and the ParaPro Assessment Bulletin (PDF, ETS Website) on applying for additional accommodations.

ESD 112 is not able to grant accommodations, all inquiries must be made to ETS directly.

For additional information regarding taking the ParaPro Assessment at ESD112 (2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver WA 98661) please contact:

Amy Glenn

Contact

Phone: 360-949-1552

Email: amy.glenn@esd112.org

Learn more about the Assessment:

You may also visit the ETS website for additional information and other testing locations.

Online Training

Paraeducator Online Training Courses

“Washington is heavily invested in ensuring that all instructional paraeducators receive training to support our most diverse and vulnerable student populations. In 2017, the Washington Legislature created the nation’s first ever Paraeducator Board, and tasked members to establish, develop and implement paraeducator minimum employment standards and the certificate program.” -PESB WA

For more information, please see PESB’s website at: https://www.pesb.wa.gov/paraeducator-certificate-program/current-paraeducators/

“The Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) is the core training all paraeducators must receive before working with students and their families, or at a minimum, by the deadlines described below.” -PESB WA

For more information, please see PESB’s website at: https://www.pesb.wa.gov/paraeducator-certificate-program/certificate-options/fundamental-course-of-study/

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Who to Contact

Amy Glenn

Secretary I

Contact

Phone: 360-949-1552

Email: amy.glenn@esd112.org

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