• Test Schedule  

    Upcoming Para Professional Assessments:


    The next Paraprofessional Assessment will be Tuesday, April 2, beginning at 8:30 am.


    TO REGISTER: Please e-mail elena.fink@wesd.org with your first and last name, your e-mail address, your phone number and what district(s) you plan to work for.

    • If there is more than one test date listed on our website, please let me know which date you wish to take the assessment.


    The cutoff date to register is 5:00 p.m. three business days prior to each exam date. Sorry, no exceptions can be made for late registrants, and no walk-ins will be permitted to take the assessment.

    For non-WESD individuals, please bring $40 in cash or check payable to WESD to the exam.  (WESD employees will not be charged a fee for taking or retaking the assessment.)

    For those who have taken the online version of the assessment through WESD and need to retake sections they did not pass, the cost will be $10.00 per section (maximum of $40.00 total). 

    If you have already taken the assessment at the WESD and have already passed some sections, please let me know so I can verify your previous scores prior to the day of the test.

    If there are fewer than five registrants, or if unforeseen circumstances arise, the assessment may be canceled. 


    **Study resources can be found at the bottom of this page.**

    PDS provides local assessments for paraprofessionals who are seeking a certificate to meet the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act guidelines for "highly qualified" status, and also provides training in skills needed to pass the Local Academic Paraprofessional Assessment.

    One key element of the NCLB Act that took effect on January 08, 2002, is the requirement for "highly qualified" paraprofessionals.  Please note, these requirements apply to paraprofessionals with instructional duties in any program supported by Title I funds.  These requirements also apply to all instructional paraprofessional staff in school-wide Title I programs.  The federal definition of a "highly qualified" paraprofessional is one who has the following:

    • Two years of postsecondary study, or
    • An Associate's (or higher) degree, or
    • A passing score on a state or local academic assessment that measures knowledge of, and the ability, to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics.

    The NCLB Act requires all paraprofessionals employed after January 08, 2002, meet one of the definitions above.  Paraprofessionals employed by school districts on, or before, January 08, 2002, must meet one of the definitions by January 2006.

    Preparation Guidelines

    The assessment is divided into six portions, with each portion being scored separately.  A participant may retake portions of the assessment that previously were not passed.  An individual may retake any portion of the exam for an additional charge.  The Local Academic Paraprofessional Assessment Certificate of Completion will be issued to the individual when all components have received passing scores of 80% or above.  For more information, please review the WESD Preparation Guidelines.

    No calculators, computers, cell phones, dictionaries, electronic translators, or other personal means of assistance are allowed.  If specific accommodations are required, such as visual or auditory, please notify the PDS Program as you pre-register, so appropriate arrangements can be prepared.  For more information, please review the WESD General Guidelines and Information.

    No portions of the exam are timed.  The approximate time period allotted to complete the entire assessment is three hours.  The questions on the assessment are divided into the following six sections:

    • Reading Content:  Thirty Multiple Choice Questions
    • Reading Skills of Assistance:  Ten Multiple Choice Questions
    • Math Content:  Thirty Multiple Choice Questions
    • Math Skills of Assistance:  Ten Multiple Choice Questions
    • Writing Skills of Assistance:  Ten Multiple Choice Questions
    • Writing Sample:  A One Page Written Essay