Lynn Public Schools
Lynn Public Schools Banner Graphic

TRANSLATION OPTIONS
Departments
Phsyical Ed

Last Page Update
December 24, 2022 9:08 AM

Welcome to the LPS Teacher's Aide or ParaProfessionals Webpage

The Lynn Public School District is proud to be an internet-based ParaProfessional testing site. Anyone interested in getting a certificate from the State as a ParaProfessional or Teacher's Aide can take the assessment test in a computer lab at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, commonly known as Lynn Tech. Residents of the North Shore and nearby towns are welcome to take the assessment test.

What is a ParaProfessional or Teacher's Aide?

A Teacher's Aide, or ParaProfessional, provides teaching and clerical support for classroom teachers.

In a typical work setting, a Teacher's Aide or ParaPro's general tasks are:
- High level of social interaction between students, teachers, and other staff
- Mostly work indoors in classrooms, but sometimes work outdoors in schoolyards and on field trips
- Must be accurate and be sure that the job is complete
- He or she is supervised by the teacher and Principal. Works based on the school year.

For a quick general overview of a Teacher’s Aide, this video from MassHire and explore the option on the left menu to find information about task list, common work activities, skills and abilities needed, wages and more.

For specific ParaProfessional or Teacher's Aide Positions available in the Lynn Public School, please visit our job listings webpage.

What is the ParaProfessional Assessment Test (PPAT)?

The ParaPro Assessment is a general aptitude test that is required in many states for paraprofessional certification. The test also offers school districts an objective assessment of your foundation of knowledge and skills.

Hiring Requirements¹

  1. High School Diploma or GED AND pass one of the formal Massachusetts-endorsed Assessments for Paraprofessional Assessments: Parapro or WorkKeys
  2. Have obtained an associate (or higher) degree, OR
  3. Have at least two years of post-secondary education that is equivalent to at least 48 credit hours from an accredited higher education institution

    Note: Title I paraprofessionals must also work under the direct supervision of a teacher.

One of the formal Massachusetts-endorsed ParaProfessional Assessments is ParaPro or WorkKeys. The Lynn Public School District is a testing site using ParaPro by ETS- Educational Testing Service, a private nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization.  

The ParaProfessional Assessment Test (PPAT) measures the skills and knowledge in the subjects of reading, writing and mathematics; as well as the ability to apply these skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction.

To meet the hiring requirement in Massachusetts for public and charter schools, the candidate taking the test needs to score 464.

As mentioned before, the Lynn Public School District is a testing site for ETS, so we encourage you to visit ETS website for more information in the following subjects:

1. About the Test

2. Registration

3. Prepare for the Test

4. On Test Day

5. State Requirements

6. Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs

To learn more about the ParaProfessional Assessment Test, please click the tab on the left menu.

References:
¹ Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title I Paraprofessionals Hiring Requirements

 

ParaPro Assessment

The ParaPro Assessment is a general aptitude test that is required in many states for paraprofessional certification. It also offers school districts an objective assessment of your foundation of knowledge and skills.

To take the ParaProfessional Assessment Test (PPAT) and receive your certification, you have 2 options:

Option 1:
Register to take an in-person PPAT with LCEP- Lynn Community Enrichment Program, a night school for adults. LCEP has a monthly test day for ParaPro testing, the 2nd Saturday of the month. An additional testing day could be made available on Fridays for schools or educational districts, if there is sufficient interest. Also, special accommodations are available for those with health-related needs or impairments, which could be arranged 3 weeks prior to the test.

Important Note:
ParaPro tests will be available until late Spring 2023. ETS- Educational Testing Service, a private nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization conducting the ParaPro Test, will be making some operational changes. As of Dec. 18th, 2022 no further information is available from ETS, so we’re contacting DESE- MA Dept. of Early & Secondary Eduction, for clarification.

To register to take a test, please fill out the application by selecting ‘Application’ ‘ParaPro’ from the left menu. See below for upcoming 2023 dates*

a. Saturday January 14th, 2023 9:30 AM
b. Saturday February 11th, 2023 9:30 AM
  Saturday March 11th, 2023 9:30 AM
c. Saturday April 8th, 2023 9:30 AM

*If any of these dates don’t work for you, please send an email to Michelle Guzman stating your situation and desirable date. LCEP will work with you case by case, but it will depend on logistics and capacity.

The cost to take the test at LCEP is $75. The test is $55, plus administrative and proctor fees. After your registration, you will receive information on how to pay for the test.  

If you need to reschedule your test, a notification must be received by email to Michelle Guzman 4 days prior the test day. Otherwise, a fee of $35 will be charged. There is also a fee of $35 for no show, no call. LCEP reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the test day due to low test takers. A minimum of 2 test takers are needed. A cancellation notification will be sent if this is the case. Otherwise, the test will go as scheduled. Fees are nonrefundable.

Option 2:

Another option is to take the PPAT remotely from your own home administered and monitored by ProProctor®. Please read the requirements to see if you meet their requirements.

The cost for the At Home Test is $85. There is a fee of $42.50 to reschedule or change the date. All fees are nonrefundable.

PREPARING FOR THE TEST:
LCEP is currently working to create an in-person  preparatory class to get you ready to pass the test or improve the possibilities to pass the test when you take it. We will make an announcement if this happens.

In the meantime, the Lynn Public School has a self-paced course online through Schoology with videos and training materials in the subjects of Reading, Writing and Math. If you’re interested to access this online course, please fill out the ‘ParaPro Registration’ on the left menu and select ‘Request access to self-paced online prep course’ to receive access information.

Also, LCEP- Lynn Community Enrichment Program, is working with NSCC - North Shore Community College, to reactivate the ParaProfessional Associate’s Degree here in Lynn.

Below is more information about the ParaPro test by ETS- Educational Testing Service. Click on the links to access the information.

1. About the Test

2. Registration

3. Prepare for the Test

4. On Test Day

5. State Requirements

6. Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs

To learn more about the ParaProfessional Assessment Test, please click the tab on the left menu.

References:
¹ Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title I Paraprofessionals Hiring Requirements


 

ParaPro Career Path

LCEP- Lynn Community Enrichment Program, is working with NSCC - North Shore Community College, to reactivate the ParaProfessional Associate’s Degree. Also, North Shore Community College has some short term certifications in the field of education and therapy to advance your career.

Last, but not least, North Shore Community College will be working with Salem University to create an easy transition with them to continue your education and become a Teacher or specialize in other fields. 

 

Search The Lynn Public Schools Website
Accessibility Statement
The Lynn Public School District is committed to providing information on its websites to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our websites by implementing current standards including the World Wide Web Consortium’s WCAG 2.0 guidelines. Visit Our Accessibility Webpage For More Information and Contacts.

| HOMEPAGE | CONTACT THE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT | WEBSITE DIRECTORY |
Copyright - All Rights Reserved 2022