- Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Implications for Paraeducators
- Special Education Updates
- School Paraprofessional Advisory Council
- Paraprofessional Reports & Studies
- Connecticut Guidelines for Training and Support of Paraprofessionals
- Connecticut Paraprofessional Guidance Briefs and Newsletters
- COMPASS - Professional Development Flyer (March 2020)
Special Education Updates
Paraeducators have evolved into becoming an essential part of the special education team in providing individualized services and play an increasingly prominent role in the instruction of individuals with exceptional learning needs at all ages. Additionally, special education paraeducators perform a wide variety of roles and responsibilities that support the instructional guidance of special education and regular education teachers, and the school community as a whole. A growing number of special education resources are available to assist paraeducators with the expansion and complexity of their roles and responsibilities.
- Bureau of Special Education memo on School Paraprofessional Advisory Council Recommendations
- Role of Paraprofessionals in IEPs
- Bureau of Special Education Resources
School Paraprofessional Advisory Council Annual Reports
- Annual Report on Paraprofessionals - 2015
- Annual Report on Paraprofessionals - 2014
- Annual Report on Paraprofessionals - 2013
- Annual Report on Paraprofessionals - 2012
Program Review and Investigations Committee Findings and Recommendations: 2014
In 2014, the Program Review and Investigations Committee authorized a study focused on instructional paraprofessional staffing policies and practices in Connecticut K-12 public schools. In particular, the study described the range of responsibilities paraprofessionals are hired to perform and examined how the number and use of paraprofessionals has changed recently. More information, including the Staff Update Report and Final Findings and Recommendations.
Program Review and Investigations Committee Findings and Recommendations: 2006
The Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee authorized a study of school paraprofessionals in April 2006. The study focused on whether Connecticut should establish minimum standards for public school paraprofessionals who perform instructional tasks for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) and whether different categories should be established for different duties.