By September 1, 2018, and subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, the Board shall distribute grants to a diverse set of school districts that volunteer to pilot the state paraeducator standards of practice, the paraeducator certificates, and the courses developed by the Board.
By September 1, 2019, the volunteer districts must report to the Board with the outcomes of the pilot and any recommendations for implementing the paraeducator standards of practice, paraeducator certificates, and courses statewide. The outcomes reported must include:
(a) An analysis of the costs to the district to implement the state standards of practice by making available the required four-day fundamental course of study;
(b) The number of paraeducators who completed the course of study in the state standards of practice;
(c) The number of paraeducators who earned an advanced paraeducator certificate, or a subject matter certificate;
(d) Any cost to the district and the paraeducator to earn a certificate; and
(e) The impact on the size and assignment of the paraeducator workforce as a result of the pilot.
By November 1, 2019, the Board shall submit a report to the appropriate committees of the legislature that summarizes the outcomes of the pilot and recommends any statutory changes necessary to improve the statewide standards of practice, paraeducator certificate requirements, and courses of study necessary to meet these standards and requirements, among other things.
The submission period for proposals to participate in this pilot is forthcoming and notices will be made on this page and on the Paraeducator Newsletter (subscription field at the bottom of the page). Until then, school districts and ESDs interested in participating should complete this form to be notified immediately of the application’s availability. Please submit an email to Jack Busbee, Program Manager of the Paraeducator Board, with any questions .