The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 defines the new requirements aimed at strengthening the qualifications needed by the Title I teacher assistants. Those being hired into these positions must meet the new requirement now and those currently in the positions must meet the requirements by January 2006. There are three ways to meet the requirements, by earning 60 college credits, earning an associate degree, or passing a competency test. For Indiana, this is the Parapro test. Materials covered on the test include reading, writing, mathematics, and assisting others with these skills. The State of Indiana requires a passing score of 460 on the Parapro test.
To assist those taking the Parapro test, Ivy Tech State College -- Wabash Valley will be offering a class at three different sites to help prepare for the test. The classes will begin the week of Jan. 12 and will be held for nine weeks. The cost of the course is based on Ivy Tech's tuition fees and successful participants will earn one-hour credit.
Classes will be offered:
- Mondays, 4-6 p.m. at Wilson Community Education Center at 3636 West US Hwy. 36 in Hillsdale, Ind.
- Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. at Sullivan Learning Center at 31 West Jackson in Sullivan, Ind.
- Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Family and Youth Development Center at 1438 South 13h Street in Terre Haute.
For additional information, contact John Rutherford at 812-298-2339 or 1-800-377-4882. You may also contact the Office of Admission at 812-298-2281 or 1-800-377-4882.