Instructional Assistants

REQUIREMENTS AND TESTING INFORMATION FOR PARAEDUCATORS

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING TEACHER ASSISTANTS

The Human Resources Division is responsible for hiring, processing and assignments of new and continuous Teacher Assistants. Prior to this date, function was performed by the Personnel Commission. Note: This reference is for the Teacher Assistant job class only; all other classroom assistants (i.e., Special Education Trainee/Assistant, Early Education Aide, Instructional Assistant, etc.) remain the responsibility of the Personnel Commission.

Requirements

Requirements for Paraeducators Hired After January 8, 2002

District policy and the NCLBA requires all paraprofessionals must have a high school diploma or GED.  In addition, paraprofessionals hired after January 8, 2002 can meet the new requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 in one of the following ways:

 

  DISTRICT TEST REQUIRED
Candidate Credentials District Proficiency Instructional Assistance Test
CBEST without associate (or higher) degree, or 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) from a recognized college or university. Exempt Must Take
CBEST or former, regular LAUSD K-12 teacher with associate (or higher) degree, or 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) from a recognized college or university. Exempt Exempt
Associate degree or 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) from a recognized college or university. Paraeducator hired AFTER  January 8, 2002. Must Take Exempt
Bachelor (or higher) degree from a recognized U.S. college or university. Exempt Exempt
Bachelor or higher degree from a recognized college or university outside the U.S. Paraeducator hired AFTER  January 8, 2002. Must Take Exempt

 

Requirements for Paraeducators Hired On or Before January 8, 2002

Paraprofessionals hired before January 8, 2002 have until June 30, 2006 to meet the new requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 provided supporting documents were submitted prior to this deadline.  All paraprofessionals must have a high school diploma or GED.  In addition, paraprofessionals hired on or before January 8, 2002 can meet the new requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 in one of the following ways:

 

Testing Substitutions

The following credentials have been approved by the District as exemptions for the tests indicated.  Candidates will need to present official documents showing possession of these credentials.

  DISTRICT TEST REQUIRED
Candidate Credentials District Proficiency Instructional Assistance Test
CBEST without associate (or higher) degree, or 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) from a recognized college or university. Exempt Must Take
CBEST or former, regular LAUSD K-12 teacher with associate (or higher) degree, or 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) from a recognized college or university. Exempt Exempt
Associate degree or 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) from a recognized college or university. Paraeducator hired ON OR BEFORE January 8, 2002. Exempt Exempt
Bachelor (or higher) degree from a recognized U.S. college or university. Exempt Exempt
Bachelor or higher degree from a recognized college or university outside the U.S. Paraeducator hired ON OR BEFORE January 8, 2002. Exempt Exempt

 

Test Information

Instructional Assistance Test Information

The Talent Acquisition and Selection Branch of the Personnel Commission offers Instructional Assistance Testing for individuals needing to satisfy No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) Qualifications.  Testing is held on a regular basis at various locations throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.

 

Read more about testing process.

 

District Proficiency Test Information

The Talent Acquisition and Selection Branch of the Personnel Commission offers District Proficiency Testing for individuals needing to satisfy No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) qualifications.  Testing is held on a regular basis at various locations throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.

 

Read more about testing process.

 

Who Is Impacted

Affected Classifications/Paraprofessionals

The following classifications, generally referred to as paraprofessionals, must meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.Education Aide III (AVID)
Education Aide III & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Female) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Male) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Arabic) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Armenian) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Cambodian) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Cantonese) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Farsi) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Japanese) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Korean) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Laotian) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Russian) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Samoan) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Spanish) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Tagalog) & (Restricted)
Education Aide III (Vietnamese) & (Restricted)
Educational Resource Aide & (Restricted)
Educational Resource Aide (Armenian Language) & (Restricted)
Educational Resource Aide (Spanish Language) & (Restricted)
Health Care Assistant
Health Care Assistant (Male)
Instructional Aide I & (Restricted)
Instructional Aide II & (Restricted)
Instructional Aide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students - Signing
Instructional Aide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students - Signing (Male)
Instructional Aide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students - Oral
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Instructional Aide
Instructional Aide (Animal Husbandry)
Instructional Aide (Automotive Mechanics)
Instructional Aide (Automotive Mechanics) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (Braille)
Instructional Aide (Business Education)
Instructional Aide (Business Education) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (Clothing Skills)
Instructional Aide (Clothing Skills) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (Computer Lab)
Instructional Aide (Cosmetology)
Instructional Aide (Cosmetology) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (Diesel)
Instructional Aide (Drafting)
Instructional Aide (Drafting) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (Early Childhood)
Instructional Aide (Early Childhood) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (Electronics)
Instructional Aide (Electronics) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (Floriculture)
Instructional Aide (Floriculture) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (Food Services)
Instructional Aide (Food Services) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (Graphic Arts)
Instructional Aide (Graphic Arts) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (Horticulture)
Instructional Aide (Horticulture) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (LVN)
Instructional Aide (LVN) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (Metalworking)
Instructional Aide (Metalworking) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (Plastics)
Instructional Aide (Television)
Instructional Aide (Upholstery)
Instructional Aide (Upholstery) (Spanish Language)
Instructional Aide (Vocational Nursing)
Instructional Aide (Woodworking)
Instructional Aide (Woodworking) (Spanish Language)
Library Aide
Resource Assistant for Students With Visual Disabilities
Special Education Assistant
Special Education Assistant (Male)
Special Education Trainee & (Restricted)
Special Education Trainee (Male)
Special Education Assistant (Hearing Impaired)
Special Education Trainee (Hearing Impaired) & (Restricted)
Speech Education Aide
Teacher Assistant (Degree Track)
Teacher Assistant (Non-Degree Track)
Teacher Assistant (Non-Degree Track converted to Degree Track)
Television Education Aide