State of Illinois Certification Guidelines for Teacher Aides/Assistants
Application for Paraprofession Approval - ISBE Form 73-95
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: WorkKeys and the 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. In addition, the applicant must have an Instructional Support Inventory completed by an administrator or teacher from the employing school district to complete the certification process.
Online Practice Test
This 2 ½ hour, paper/pencil test consists of 90 multiple-choice questions in reading, writing and math. Approximately two-thirds of the questions focus on basic skills and knowledge, and the remaining one-third focuses on applying those skills and knowledge in a classroom setting.
Study Guide/Practice Test
Costs, Dates, & Times
Costs: ParaPro - $50
WorkKeys - $55 Check, Money Order or Cash
Dates: ParaPro – National test dates during 2013-2014 September 21,2013 November 2, 2013 and June 7, 2014
WorkKeys – Offered Monday through Thursday by appointment only.
Time: ParaPro – 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
WorkKeys – Follows testing hours listed at link on the left