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The WorkKeys® Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants provides a valid, field proven way to boost elementary education in the United States, in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act. Based on ACT's WorkKeys system, the certificate program takes a four-pronged approach. It enables paraprofessional teacher assistants in Title I-funded schools to demonstrate their proficiency in three content areas—reading, writing, and mathematics—as well as their skills in assisting teachers in the classroom. Through testing and on-the-job observation, teacher assistants can demonstrate knowledge and skill levels in line with what is achieved in two years of postsecondary study. The following states use WorkKeys testing for their paraprofessionals—Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.
A Proven Solution
Affordable and easy to administer, the WorkKeys Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants system is built around our WorkKeys job skills assessments, which have been used by schools, businesses, and organizations for more than a decade to hire, assess, and train a qualified workforce. Three validated WorkKeys assessments form the core of the program:
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Instructional Support Inventory
In addition, ACT offers a unique, structured observation component not found with other teacher assistant assessments. The Instructional Support Inventory is to be filled out by a knowledgeable observer who assesses the teacher assistant's classroom teaching skills. This observation component is similar to teacher evaluation processes used in schools nationwide. Examinees who successfully complete all program components earn a Teacher Assistant certificate of performance. Performance levels have been established by individual schools, districts, and NC’s state education agencies.
In addition, ACT offers a unique, structured observation component not found with other teacher assistant assessments. The Instructional Support Inventory is to be filled out by a knowledgeable observer who assesses the teacher assistant's classroom teaching skills. This observation component is similar to teacher evaluation processes used in schools nationwide.
Ways to improve skills
The WorkKeys Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants offers another unique feature—the ability to identify skill gaps and guide training decisions to help teacher assistants improve their WorkKeys scores when necessary. Check out the “Go For The Gold’ classes and the Job Seeker’s Labs (with KeyTrain tutorials).
WorkKeys® Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements for this federal legislation?
The Instructional Support Inventory must be completed by an objective evaluator, usually a supervisor, while observing the teacher assistant on the job. The Instructional Support Inventory and the WorkKeys Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants are ordered using the WorkKeys Materials Order Form and are sold as a set for $20.00. Both forms are provided in paper format only.
Taking the Tests
Where can I take the tests?
The cost is $60 (checks or credit card only). Assessments are given in paper-and-pencil formats. If one section or assessment of the test is not passed, you may retake the individual assessment at $10 per assessment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.