In the District of Columbia, the federal government’s “Highly Qualified Standard” applies for all teacher assistants seeking employment in a Title I school, school wide program or Title I targeted assistance program who is paid with Title I funds. It is important to note that in addition to having a high school diploma or GED equivalent, at least ONE of the following requirements are needed to qualify:
- Successfully complete at least two years (48 semester hours) of study at an institution of higher education
- An associates degree from an accredited institution of higher education
- Passing with a minimum score of 461 on the ParaPro Assessment provided by the Educational Testing Service. For more information regarding the exam please see the ParaPro website or you may call ETS to request a registration bulletin at 1-800-772-9476.
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