Policies and Procedures Handbook

Last Updated: 5/18/2005
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550


Administrative Procedure

With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as "No Child Left Behind," which became law on January 8, 2002, new requirements were institutionalized that specify minimum qualifications for paraprofessionals hired after the effective date of the legislation to work in Title I schools. These paraprofessional qualifications include, in addition to holding a high school diploma or GED, one of the following:

Paraprofessionals, who elect to take the state assessment, must attain a score of 455 on the ParaPro assessment administered by the Maryland State Department of Education to meet the minimum qualifications for working as an instructional or media assistant in the Garrett County Public Schools.

Subsequent to the enactment of the "No Child Left Behind" legislation, only those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications cited above will be interviewed and hired as instructional or media assistant in the Garrett County Public Schools.

Current instructional or media paraprofessionals assigned to Title I schools must meet one of the three qualifications cited above on or before January 8, 2006.

The superintendent will ensure that appropriate staff development opportunities are provided to paraprofessionals to assist them, if necessary, in preparing for the ParaPro assessment and in refining their skills to enhance their effectiveness in supporting teachers and working with students.

Summary of Conditions of Employment--Non-Certificated Personnel

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