Staffing Requirements/Qualifications Paras & Teachers
Parents' Right to Know: Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications LEAs and schools inform the parents of Title I, Part A students that they may request, and the LEA and schools will provide, certain information on the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers and paraprofessionals providing services to the child. [ESSA Section 1112(e)(1)(A)]. Optional templates are available on the Teacher and Para Qualifications Template Translations page.
Timely Notice of Limited State Certification and Licensure
The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires schools that receive Title I, Part A funds to notify parents or legal guardians when their child has been taught for four (4) consecutive weeks by a teacher who has not met "applicable State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned." [ESSA Sec. 1112(e)(1)(b)(ii)]
In Washington, this notification requirement is for any teacher teaching under a limited substitute teaching certificate (WAC 181-79A-231), such as an Emergency Substitute certificate or Intern Substitute Teacher certificate. Optional templates are available on the Limited State Certification and Licensure Templates page.
Title I, Part A Staffer Qualifications
Teachers assigned to Title I, Part A targeted assistance programs and all teachers assigned to a Title I, Part A schoolwide building must meet applicable state certification and licensure requirements. A teacher assigned to Title I, Part A may be out-of-field or out-of-endorsement as long as they hold an ELIGIBLE certificate type and the school board approved the placement (per WAC 181-82-110 or WAC 392-172A-02090). School board approval must be in place prior to the date the teacher was assigned to a Title I, Part A program.
Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, all hired paraeducators must meet the new Minimum Employment Requirements. All preschool (ECEAP/Head Start/) paraeducators (paraprofessionals or instructional assistant teachers) in a Title I, Part A Schoolwide building during the 2019–2020 school year and beyond must complete and meet the new Preschool Requirements by the beginning of school year 2020–2021.
Substitute Paraeducator Requirements
All paraeducators who work as substitutes in a Title I, Part A schoolwide and targeted assistance building must meet Title I, Part A requirements under these two conditions:
- A short-term substitute paraeducator (less than 20 consecutive days) does not need to meet the state paraeducator minimum requirements.
- A long-term substitute (after 20 consecutive days), must meet the
minimum state requirement for continued substitute placement.
All paraeducators who work as substitutes in a Title I, Part A Targeted Assistance building, paid with Title I, Part A funds must meet Title I, Part A requirements under these two conditions, as well.