Instructional Paraeducator Requirements

  • House Bill 1115, passed by the Washington State legislature, and Senate Bill 6388 require that all Paraeducators meet Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements.


    For a Paraeducator and/or Substitute Paraeducator to work in an instructional position, they must be Highly Qualifiied:

    • Be 18 years or older
    • Hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, AND have one (1) of the following:
      • Hold an Associate Degree, or higher; OR
      • Completed 72 quarter credits or 48 semester credits of Higher Education, 100 level or above; OR
      • Passed the ETS Parapro Assessment, scoring 461 or higher; OR
      • Completed an apprenticeship as a paraeducator, in a program registered with the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council. 


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  • ParaPro Assessment

  • Core Competencies