Testing for the Tehama County ParaEducator Proficiency Assessment is a service provided by the Tehama County Department of Education (TCDE) for school districts in Tehama County.
If you are seeking employment in a school district as a paraeducator (teacher’s aide, instructional assistant, etc.), pursuant to Education Code 45330, you must either possess an A.A. degree or higher, have two years of college (48 units), or pass an assessment of your knowledge and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics as appropriate to the responsibility of the position. In Tehama County in order to meet this assessment requirement, TCDE administers the ParaEducator Proficiency Assessment.
The test is administered at TCDE, 1135 Lincoln Street, Red Bluff, and is given at 9:00 a.m. and again at 1:00 p.m. on scheduled test days . Each session is limited to 20 participants. The test is approximately 2 hours long. The cost for the test is $5.00 (cash only), which is payable at the testing session.
The test is comprised of four sections: Math, English Language Arts, Writing, and Ability to Assist in the classroom. This test is multiple choice and will be completed on a computer. All sections of the test must be passed in order to receive verification of achievement.
If a participant does not pass all or part of the test they can retake all or any portion of the test for $5.00.
TCDE also offers tutoring for all four sections. Tutoring is offered on the day of testing before the test and is optional. Participants can choose to be tutored in all subjects or in an individual subject. The tutoring schedule is linked above.
Individuals taking the test are not allowed to use calculators, dictionaries, cell phones or any other type of aides.
If a "reasonable accommodation" is necessary, the Human Resources Services Department needs to be notified before the day of the test.
For more information or to sign up for the test, call TCDE Human Resources Services at 528-7329. Please specify which session date/time you would like to attend and let us know if you are interested in tutoring.