The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 stated that paraprofessionals must show competency (e. g., be qualified) no later than four years after the law was enacted, by January 8, 2006. The deadline for teachers to become highly qualified in their core academic area was June 30, 2006. The U. S. Department of Education is extending the deadline for paraprofessionals, believing that the qualified paraprofessional and highly qualified teacher provisions should be consistent. USDE will align its monitoring and enforcement efforts of states for both the highly qualified teacher and paraprofessional provisions of the law. This will ensure a more efficient, effective and coordinated method of monitoring state efforts in these areas while ensuring that all children are provided with the resources the law provides them.
- How will the move to licensure affect individuals holding an NCLB Paraprofessional Approval or a State Paraprofessional Approval?
- Paraprofessional Approval Time Frames
- Professional Training Points (PTPs)
- Paraprofessional Training Programs Approved by ICCB and ISBE
- Simon Issues Statement Regarding No Child Left Behind Requirements for Paraprofessionals
- State and Federal Requirements for Paraprofessional Approval
- Steps for Applying for Paraprofessional Approval
- View the non-regulatory federal guidelines for paraprofessionals in programs supported with Title I, Part A funds
- ISBE's No Child Left Behind site for more information