SDE: CALI - Paraeducator Information and Resources

Paraeducator Information and Resources
{Picture of a teacher standing next to a blackboard} Paraeducators play important roles in improving student achievement. To this end, the No Child Left Behind Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act state that Paraeducators are to be appropriately trained and supervised. The Connecticut State Department of Education has developed this website to provide resources for Paraeducators, teachers, and administrators to understand the appropriate training, supervision, and evaluation of Paraeducators.
For more detailed information:

Paraeducator of the Year

For information about nominations for Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Award

Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year 2016 Award information packet

District Contact Paraeducator Newsletter - November 2012

Regulations and Legislation

Definition of a Paraeducator (CT):  The following is the CT State Department of Educationís definition of a paraeducator: 
A paraeducator is an employee who assists teachers and/or other professional educators or therapists in the delivery of instructional and related services to students. The paraeducator works under the direct supervision of the teacher or other certified or licensed professional. The ultimate responsibility for the design, implementation and evaluation of instructional programs, including assessment of student progress, is a collaborative effort of certified and licensed staff.
Connecticut Regulations Section 10-145d-401 requires anyone employed by a local public school district that is not directly supervised in the delivery of instructional services to have appropriate state certification.
PRI Briefing Report and Findings and Recommendations: The Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee authorized a study of school paraprofessionals in April 2006.  The study focused on whether Connecticut should establish minimum standards for public school paraprofessionals who perform instructional tasks for students in kindergarten though twelfth grade (K-12) and whether different categories should be established for different duties.
Sec. 10-155k of the 2008 Supplement to the General Statutes requires the Commissioner of Education to establish a School Paraprofessional Advisory Council consisting of one representative from each state-wide bargaining representative organization that represents school paraprofessionals with instructional responsibilities. The council shall advise, at least quarterly, the Commissioner of Education, or the commissioner's designee, of the needs for the training of such paraprofessionals and the effectiveness of the content and the delivery of existing training for such paraprofessionals.

As of June 8th, Educational Testing Service (ETS) no longer offers the paper and pencil version of the ParaPro Assessment.  All future tests will only be administered in the computer delivered format.

The administration of the internet based test (iBT) is managed by school districts and regional offices of education. Currently, LEARN in Old Lyme, offers the iBT several times a year.  For more information please log onto:  Or contact Irma Wilhelm, 860-434-4800 ext. 170 or by email:

School districts or regional offices of education that are interested in the computer-delivered ParaPro Assessment must enroll with ETS.  To enroll with ETS, complete the application on the following page:

Minutes from Meetings:
May 27, 2008 [PDF]
September 16, 2008 [PDF]
November 18, 2008 [PDF]
January 27, 2009 [PDF]

May 19, 2009 [PDF]
January 26, 2010 [PDF]
May 18, 2010 [PDF]
September 21, 2010 [PDF]
March 2, 2011 [PDF]

May 17, 2011 [PDF]

September 20, 2011 [PDF]
January 24, 2012 [PDF]
March 13, 2012 [PDF]
September 11, 2012 [PDF]
November 13, 2012 [PDF]
January 8, 2013 [PDF]
March 12, 2013 [PDF]
May 14, 2013 [PDF]
September 10, 2013 [PDF]
January 14, 2014 [PDF]
March 11, 2014 [PDF]
May 13, 2014 [PDF]

September 9, 2014 [PDF]

Professional Development Opportunities:

The Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) has been approved through Charter Oak State College to offer the COMPASS paraprofessional training to practicing and aspiring paraprofessionals who are seeking collegiate credits. The following courses are available for credit: Introduction to Paraprofessional (3 credits), Paraprofessional Internship (2 credits), Behavior Techniques (3 credits), Exceptional Learners (3 credits), and Working with the Autistic Learner and Assistive technology (3 credits).
If you wish to prepare for a job as paraprofessional or to obtain a college degree, these courses will benefit you and the district where you work. For those of you who work in a district that provides tuition reimbursement, it is likely that these courses will qualify for reimbursement. These courses are designed for students who work during the day and so they can be provided at the district after working hours, making it easier for working paraprofessionals to attend.
If you are interested in obtaining credit while learning relevant information to a present or future job, contact Peg MacDonald, TABS Support Team Director (860) 524-4037

UCEDDís mission is to work collaboratively to promote advocacy, capacity building and systems change to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities and their families. Through services, research and training, UCEDD has assisted in the advancement of early intervention, health care, community-based services, inclusive and meaningful education, child care, transition from school to work, employment, recreation and quality assurance, housing, assistive technology, transportation, and family support:
National Resource Center for Paraeducators with the following text:  The NRCP was founded in 1979 with funding from the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (currently the United Stateís Department of Educationís Office of Special Education Programs).  Their mission is to address policy questions and other needs of the field, provide technical assistance and share information about policy questions, management practices, regulatory procedures, and training models that will enable administrators and staff-developers to improve the recruitment, deployment, supervision, and career development of paraeducators.
The University of Bridgeport School of Education Internship Program is an opportunity for substitute teachers, school professionals, and paraprofessionals, who have an undergraduate degree, to pursue a tuition free Masters Degree in Education which can lead to a teaching certification.  To learn more, please attend one of the following information sessions and/or contact Pat Phillips at 203-576-4219 or by email:



District Contacts for Paraeducator Issues

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) established the District Contacts for Paraprofessional Issues to disseminate information of importance to paraeducators and their supervisors.

A newsletter is emailed, each month, to district contacts.

If you have any questions please contact:
Iris White
Education Consultant
Turnaround Office
Connecticut State Department of Education
165 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 713-6794
Fax: (860) 713-7035

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