Paraeducator Program

The objective of the Paraeducator program is to provide training in a variety of areas, using best practices in professional development, that is accessible and responsive to district, school and paraeducator needs.

NEWESD 101 provides support to paraeducators throughout our region through workshops and on-line resources.

Training for Core Competencies, Special Health Concerns and Para-Reading are at both NEWESD 101 and at requesting district sites.


Paraeducator Services
The Paraeducator Program offers the regional introductory level training for all 14 competencies on a limited basis. Training for competencies 1-6, 7-11 & 13 are also available at for subscribing districts.

ETS ParaPro Assessment
The ETS Paraprofessional Assessment consists of 90 multiple choice questions, 30 in each of the following subjects: reading, writing, and math. Approximately two-thirds of the questions in each subject area focus on the application of those skills and knowledge in a classroom context. Fifteen of the questions in the test (five in each subject) are pretest questions and do not count toward the candidate's score. Individuals must score 461 or higher to pass the assessment for Washington. Tests need to be scheduled with Kim Cameron at (509) 789-3547. Please allow 2.5 hours to take the test.

ETS Assessment information and study guide -  

Math link for study -

There is a mandatory 21-day waiting period (not including your initial test date) to retest if you do not pass. ETS may cancel your score from being reported if this waiting period has been violated.

Test Location: NEWESD 101, 4202 S. Regal Street, Spokane
2019 Test Dates: January 9 @ 9:00 AM, January 23 @ 12:00 PM, February 6 @ 9:00 AM, February 27 @ 12:00 PM (more to come)
Cost: $75 (cash, check, credit, or debit)

Paraeducators Working With Students With Special Health Care Needs
NEWESD 101 provides training for paraeducators working with students with special health care needs. This is the only portion of paraeducator training which requires participants to attend in person. Completion of the training satisfies paraeducator core competencies #4, 7, 12 and 14. Cost is $60.   To register:
For more information, contact Linda Smith, 509-789-3538 or