State of Illinois Certification Guidelines for Teacher Aides/Assistants
The No Child Left Behind Act, which President Bush signed into law early in 2002, requires that
Title I-funded teacher assistants have one of the following:
- an associate’s (two-year) degree, or
- two years of college completed (60 credit hours), or
- demonstrated knowledge, through a formal state or local academic assessment, of reading/language arts, writing and mathematics.
The law states that any assessment used to certify teacher assistants must be valid, reliable, and documented.
There are two testing options for individuals seeking paraprofessional certification: ACT WorkKeys and the ETS ParaPro.
WorkKeys® Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants (PCTA)
The WorkKeys is a 2 ½ hour computer-based exam over three content areas: Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Business Writing.
The ParaPro Assessment measures the reading, writing and basic math competencies of practicing and prospective paraprofessionals. In accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act, the ParaPro Assessment can be used to certify teacher’s aides and assistants in the instruction of these subjects to school children. ParaPro exam is computer-based, has 90 questions, and there is a 2.5 hour time limit.
WorkKeys – $55 Check or Cash
Parapro – $55 Check or Credit Card
WorkKeys – Offered Monday through Thursday by appointment only.
Parapro – Offered Monday through Thursday by appointment only.