• ATTENTION PARAPROFESSIONALS: Do you need to take the ETS Parapro Assessment? Here’s what, why, where, when and how.

    What is the ETS ParaPro Assessment?

    The ETS ParaPro Assessment is for prospective and practicing paraprofessionals. It measures skills and knowledge in reading, math and writing and the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction. This 2½-hour test consists of 90 selected-response questions in reading, writing and math. Approximately two-thirds of the questions focus on basic skills and knowledge and the remaining one-third focus on applying those skills and knowledge in a classroom setting.  Michigan accepts a score of 460 or higher as passing. 

    More information about the test, including suggestions about how to prepare, can be found at the ETS Parapro website. 

    Why do I need to take the test?

    The law requires paraprofessionals in Title I funded buildings and serving in an instructional capacity to:

    • Hold an associate of arts degree, or
    • Complete two years of college, or
    • Demonstrate, through a state or local academic assessment, that they are knowledgeable in reading, writing and math and capable of assisting in classroom instruction. Michigan accepts a score of 460 or higher on the ETS Parapro Assessment as passing.


    Where & when can I take the test? 

    Testing is administered at the following locations:


    GIRESD Mahoney Center

    1131 E. Center Street

    Ithaca, MI  48847


    Winding Brook Conference Centre

    8240 S. Genuine Road

    Shepherd, MI  48883


    Several testing days are offered at each location every month.  You will select your preferred date/time when you fill out the registration form. 

    Click here for upcoming dates

    For in-district (Gratiot, Isabella, Clare, Gladwin, and Midland County) paraprofessionals, the cost is $55.  For all other participants, the cost is $70, payable via cash, check or money order to GIRESD on the test date. 

    How do I register?

    You must register no less than a week in advance by contacting Test Administrator Kay Hauck at (989) 387-0155 or emailing Kay.  A valid photo I.D. is required.

    Please note:  If you experience any COVID symptoms within 24 hours of your testing time (fever of 100.4 or higher, atypical cough, fever, chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, muscle pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomitting or abdominal pain), please DO NOT come into the building.  If you are unable to keep your scheduled test date, call Kay Hauck (989) 387-0155 to reschedule. 


    How is the Parapro test given:

    The test is delivered on computer and administered by appointment.  Your unofficial scores are available onscreen and can be printed at the end of the test.  Your official score report is mailed approximately 2-3 weeks after the test date. 

    No personal belongings are allowed in the testing room.

    Questions?  There's much more to learn at www.ets.org/parapro or by contacting Kay Hauck at (989) 387-0155 or by emailing Kay.