Why the test was developed
ETS's ParaPro Assessment was developed in response to the federal legislation known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which has replaced NCLB, leaves these requirements in place. The law requires paraprofessionals serving in an instructional capacity to do one of the following:
- hold an associate of arts degree
- complete 2 years of college
- demonstrate, through a state or local academic assessment, that they are knowledgeable in reading, writing and math and capable of assisting in classroom instruction.