DESE Advisory 2014-3 Identifying the Need for Paraprofessional Support
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.