Human Resources

799 Bill Beck Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34744

Phone: 407-870-4800 / Fax: 407-870-4961

Tammy Cope-Otterson

Chief Human Resources

ParaPro Testing Services
PARAPRO ASSESSMENT QUALIFICATIONS

Purpose of the ParaPro Assessment Test
The ParaPro Assessment was developed in response to federal legislation known as No Child Left Behind.  The law requires that paraprofessionals be required to have one of the following:

  1. Hold an associate of arts degree or higher, or
  2. Complete two years of college (60 credit hours), or
  3. Demonstrate, through a state or local academic assessment, that they are knowledgeable in reading, writing, and math and capable of assisting in classroom instruction.

Click here to view the ParaPro Testing Brochure.

About the Parapro Assessment Test
The ParaPro Assessment for prospective and practicing paraprofessionals measures skills and knowledge in reading, mathematics, and writing, as well as the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction.  The test consists of 90 multiple-choice questions across the subject areas of reading, mathematics, and writing. Approximately two-thirds of the questions in each subject area focus on basic skills and knowledge, and approximately one third of the questions in each subject area focus on the application of those skills and knowledge in a classroom context.  Test takers have 2 ½ hours to complete the exam.   All test questions are in English and are given in a computerized web-based format.

How to Register for the Parapro Test 
Please scroll to the bottom of the page to schedule your appointment.

The cost to take the ETS Paraprofessional Test in Osceola County is $65.00.  The testing fee is collected upon scheduling of the appointment and may be paid by cash, personal check, PayPal, Debit Card, MasterCard, or VISA.  Cash or check payments must be made in person at least one week prior to the scheduled test date by visiting the Human Resources Department, 799 Bill Beck Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34744.  Checks must be made out to The School District of Osceola County.  Correct contact information (name, address, and phone number) must be on the check.

**Fees are nonrefundable and are subject to change without notice.  Payment of $65.00 test fee must be received at the time of scheduling the exam.

Test Day
Each test taker must present acceptable photo identification (ID).  An acceptable ID must include the test taker’s name, photograph, and signature.

Acceptable identification may be one of the following:

  1. Current valid photo driver’s license
  2. Photo employment ID
  3. Current valid passport
  4. Military identification a photo student ID accompanied by an additional photo or signature ID (photo credit cards, or check cashing cards.)     

Test Guidelines
All of the following behaviors by examinees are considered to be misconduct:


    1. Attempting to take the test for someone else or having someone else take the test for you.
    2. Failing to provide acceptable photo identification.
    3. Having any prohibited device in his/her possession in the test center (Cell phones, smart phones (e.g., Blackberry® or iPhone® devices, etc.), PDAs and other electronic, recording, listening, or photographic devices are not permitted in the test center. If the examinee brings such a device into the test center, they will be dismissed from the test center. The test taker’s scores will be canceled and test fees forfeited. (Test center staffs are not permitted to collect and hold devices for test takers.)
    4. Using any aids in connection with the test, such as: mechanical pencils, calculators, watch calculators, books, pamphlets, notes, rulers, highlighter pens, stereos or radios with headphones, telephones, cellular phones, watch alarms (including those with flashing lights or alarm sounds), stop watches, dictionaries, translators, compasses, protractors, rulers, and any handheld electronic, recording, listening, or photographic devices.
    5. Creating a disturbance. (Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated; the test administrator/supervisor has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior.)
    6. Attempting to give or receive assistance. Discussion or sharing of test content or answers during the test administration, during breaks, or after the test is prohibited. Communication in any form is not permitted during the test administration.
    7. Removing or attempting to remove test content from the test center. (Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test content be removed, reproduced, and/or disclosed by any means [e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically], to any person or entity.)
    8. Tampering with a computer.
    9. Attempting to remove scratch paper from the computer-based testing room.
    10. Bringing a weapon or firearm into the test center.
    11. Bringing food, drink, or tobacco into the testing room.
    12. Leaving the test center during the test session or during breaks.
    13. Leaving the testing room without permission.
    14. Taking excessive or extended unscheduled breaks during the test session. Test center supervisors are required to strictly monitor unscheduled breaks and report test takers who take excessive or extended breaks.
    15. Referring to, looking through, or working on any test, or test section, when not authorized to do so, or working after time has been called.
    16. Failing to follow any of the test administration regulations contained in the Bulletin, and/or given by the test administrator/supervisor, or specified in the test materials.

Dismissal For Misconduct
Examinees who engage in misconduct will be asked to cease the behavior.  If the misconduct persists, he/she may be asked to leave the test center. Examinees that are found with any of the devices above (whether or not they appear to be in use) will be dismissed from the test center.

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Test Scores
Your unofficial scores are available onscreen and can be printed at the end of the test.  Your official score report is mailed to you approximately two weeks after the test date.  It is automatically reported to Osceola District Schools. A passing score of 464 is required by The School District of Osceola County, Florida.

Test Prep Materials
Osceola District Schools does not offer classes for test preparation.  ETS offers both free and affordably priced resources to help test takers study effectively and reduce test anxiety.  For additional information, visit the ParaPro website: http://www.ets.org/parapro/testprep /materials/

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*If you are unable to keep your appointment, make changes via the the above link, email paraprotesting@osceola.k12.fl.us or call 407-870-4800, and cancel at least 24 hours in advance.

 

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