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ParaPro Assessment


ParaPro Assessment  ParaPro Assessment is a testing option offered by Beaverton School District to meet the federal requirements of No Child Left Behind for paraprofessionals. It measures skills and knowledge in reading, mathematics, and writing. It also measures the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction.  The test consists of 90 multiple-choice questions in reading, mathematics, and writing. Approximately two/thirds of the questions in each area pertain to skills and knowledge, and the other third of the questions in each subject area focus on the application of skills within a classroom context. Five of the questions in each subject area are pretest questions and do not count toward the candidate’s score.  Frequently Asked Questions About ParaPro 
What is the ParaPro Assessment? The ParaPro Assessment is for prospective and practicing paraprofessionals. It measures skills and knowledge in reading, math and writing, and the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction. 
What is the format and length of the test? This 2½ hour test consists of 90 multiple-choice questions in reading, writing and math. Approximately two-thirds of the questions focus on basic skills and knowledge, and the remaining one-third focuses on applying those skills and knowledge in a classroom setting. 
What language is the test? The test is in English. 
How is the test given? At Beaverton School District the test is given in Internet-based format using a laptop computer. Written tests or foreign language tests are not offered.  
Can I take a written test rather than an internet based test? Yes, Locations are selected by you when you register. See Test Centers at http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/ParaPro_Assessment/lists/parapro_tc_no.html for a list of paper-based testing locations in your area. 
How much does the test cost? The test fee is $55. The fee is non-refundable.  
 
How do I register? To schedule a test date in the Human Resources Dept., contact Jan Sakala in Human Resources at 503 356-4375 or janice_sakala@beaverton.k12.or.us 
How are scores reported? Internet-based test: Your unofficial scores are available onscreen and can be printed at the end of the test. Your official score report is mailed approximately two weeks after the test date, and is automatically reported to the school district that purchased the assessment.  
 
How do I know whether I passed the test? Passing score is 455. You will know at the end of the test.    What test preparation is available? ETS has developed a study guide and a practice test at www.ets.org/parapro for test takers to prepare for the Assessment. The free Test at a Glance (PDF) and other useful tips are also available. 
 
If I don’t pass the test can I re-take the section I did not pass or do I need to re-take the full test? If you do not meet the qualifying score of 455 all sections of the test must be retaken. 
 Where can I find more information? www.ets.org/parapro.