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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. People interested to get 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 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 Aide, please watch this video from MassHire JobQuest. Click here for additional career information such as tasks, working conditions, skills & training needed, related information 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. It 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. One is by ETS and the other by WorkKeys. The Lynn Public School District is a testing site for ETS.
  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

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. Scores
  6. State Requirements
  7. 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:

1) Schedule a PPAT with the Lynn Community Enrichment Program. To do this, please fill out the application by selecting ‘Application’ from the left menu. Test are scheduled 3 or 4 times a year. See below for upcoming 2022 dates*:

a. Saturday June 25th 9:30 AM
b. Saturday August 20th 2 PM
c. Saturday November 19th 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 is $75. The test is $55, plus an administrative fee and proctoring free. All fees are nonrefundable. After your registration, you will receive information how to pay for the test fee.

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

If you took the test before and didn’t pass, or you want to study and be more prepared to take the test, LCEP is currently working to create a preparatory class to get you ready to pass the test or improve the possibilities to pass the test when you take it again. We are also in conversations with NSCC - North Shore Community College, to reactivate the ParaProfessional Associate’s Degree here in Lynn.

More Information:
* About the Test
* Registration
* Prepare for the Test
* On Test Day
* Scores
* State Requirements
* Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs

 

ParaPro Career Path

Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant Program

The State of Massachusetts is offering a grant to provide financial assistance to Massachusetts residents who are currently employed as paraprofessionals in Massachusetts public schools, but wish to become certified as full time teachers.

This grant is designed to reduce the financial burden and help address the issue of teacher’ shortage.

The benefit can be from $4,000 up to $7,500 per calendar year.

For more information, please visit the State website by clicking here.

Note:
The 2022-2023 Para Grant application must be completed by the deadline on August 1, 2022.

 

 

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