The Paraeducator Board is a statutorily created 9-member board whose duties include establishment of requirements related to the paraeducator standards of practice, mandatory paraeducator certificates, and optional paraeducator certificates.
Paraeducator Fundamental Course of Study.
The paraeducator fundamental course of study is a four-day course on the state paraeducator standards of practice. School districts must provide the fundamental course of study to paraeducators who have not completed the course, either in the district or in another district within the state.
At least one day of the fundamental course of study must be provided in person. School districts must use best efforts to provide the course before the paraeducator begins to work with students and their families.
Subject to funding limitations described below, school districts must provide the four-day fundamental course of study by the following deadlines:
School districts are only required to provide to paraeducators the number of days of the fundamental course of study for which state funding is specifically provided. Since fiscal year 2020, the state has appropriated funding for school districts to provide two days of training to paraeducators each year. In fiscal year 2023, the state appropriated funding sufficient for new paraeducators to receive four days of training during their first year.
By July 1, 2024, the Paraeducator Board must update rules on the implementation of the fundamental course of study to include: (a) Guidance to school districts on how to provide the fundamental course of study to improve consistency and quality of staff development; and (b) criteria for exemptions of in-person learning to the fundamental course of study.
The Paraeducator Board must convene a work group consisting of paraeducators, teachers, principals, school district human resource professionals, superintendents, educational service districts, and labor organizations that represent paraeducators to make recommendations on the development of updated rules.
School districts are no longer required to provide at least one day of the four-day fundamental course of study in person if there is an exemption under rules adopted by the Paraeducator Board.