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DESE Advisory 2014-3 Identifying the Need for Paraprofessional Support

Date: 
02/26/2015
Author: 
Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Special Education Technical Assistance Advisory on the use of and training for paraprofessionals.  The purposes of this advisory are to:

  • Advise school districts and parents about concerns regarding inappropriate utilization of paraprofessionals.

  • Clarify when it may be appropriate to use a paraprofessional, as well as ensuring adequate training and supervision.

  • Provide recommended actions and sample tools to increase school district capacity to support students with disabilities.

  • Clarify the decision-making process for assigning paraprofessionals to individual students.


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