Highly Qualified Paraprofessional Requirements Under NCLB
By Georgia Hedrick
Up Close an Personal
Desert Heights School, which is 45% Anglo, 42% Latino and 59% poverty. Although Great Schools give the school just 2 out of 5 according to test scores, parents rate the school 4 out of 5 on community satisfation.
In September a Latina was hired for the Mi Amigoes program. At that time she was told it was funded by a one year grant, and nothing was said about being tested to see if she was 'highly qualified' to walk kindergarten children to and from class and to read stories to them.
However, last week she was informed that she must now take the 'ParaPro' test to see if she is 'highly qualified' to walk those kindergarten children to and from class and read stories to them. The Principal also told her if she does not pass this test, she will be let go. This para is paid $9/hr for only 21 hours a week, and therefore gets no benefits.
I saw the sample test and the instructions as to how to understand it and pass it. It contains English grammar and parts of speech, reading of a complicated nature, algebra, geometry, history and so on. It is very complicated. I think there is more going on here than simply testing a kindergarden aide.
Is there a test showing that schoolboard members are highly qualified?
Where's the test for Arne Duncan?
If an aide is expected to take and pass such a test, certainly all Boardmembers have been required to do the same. Am I correct?
It seems only just and fair that such be so.
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