DESE Advisory 2014-3 Identifying the Need for Paraprofessional Support

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.