Highly Qualified Teacher Assistants

Becoming a Highly Qualified Teacher Assistant

Why Become Highly Qualified?               Female at computer

  • All instructional employees assigned to Title I schools must be Highly Qualified.
  • Highly Qualified personnel help disadvantaged students reach high academic standards.
  • It is part of the employee professional growth plan.
  • Employees gain personal achievement by obtaining Highly Qualified status.


In order to be designated as a Highly Qualified Teacher Assistant, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Obtain an associate degree or higher
  • Complete 60 credit hours of study at a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher education
  • Pass the ParaPro Assessment

ParaPro Assessment

  • Computer based
  • Multiple choice
  • 90 questions
  • 2 ½ hours to complete
  • Immediate results
  • Passing score is at least 455 out of 480

For more information, please visit www.ets.org/parapro.