No Child Left Behind Act

Hiring Paraprofessionals

Important information regarding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

The Federal NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT OF 2001 (NCLB) places eligibility requirements for hiring teachers and paraprofessionals who work in “Title I” schools. Schools are eligible to receive Title I designation and to be eligible for additional Federal funds if a certain percentage of their students receive Federal assistance under such programs as the Free/Reduced Lunch Program.

NCLB Eligibility Requirements

In order to be hired to work as an instructional assistant in a Title I school, the applicant must have either:
  1. obtained an associates degree or higher from an accredited college or university; OR
  2. completed two years of college from an accredited university; OR
  3. demonstrated, through a formal assessment approved by the school district, the ability to assist in instruction AND knowledge of reading, writing, and mathematics.

What constitutes "two years of college or university study?"

For paraprofessionals in Texas, completion of at least 48 semester hours at an accredited college or university will satisfy this requirement.

The law does not specify either a minimum GPA nor a recommended course of study in which the 48 hours must be completed.

Please note that there are many local and Internet-based colleges that offer "associate degrees" to persons who are willing to pay for them.

Most of these businesses offer excellent training opportunities to their "students," and many even have government-approved financial aid available to attend them.

HOWEVER, none of these for-profit companies that may call themselves colleges have met the rigorous standards of the approved regional accreditation associations approved for NCLB purposes.

If I use the "formal assessment" option to meet the eligibility requirements, what tests or training programs will be accepted?

Acceptable scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) or the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) may by used.

Approved training programs such as those offered by the Regional Education Service Center and area colleges and universities may also be used.

Title I Hiring Supplement

Persons meeting the NCLB eligibility criteria who are hired to work as instructional assistants at a Title I school currently receive a $300 salary supplement, paid once annually.

The renewal of the NCLB supplement is subject to Board approval annually, and is contingent on availability of funds.

NISD Title I schools