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    Amy Cockcroft, Executive Director

    Para Pro Testing 
    Dori Dunbar, Records Specialist
     Para Pro Testing:
    To register for the ParaPro test, please email LRCRegistration@lake.k12.fl.us . Type “ParaPro Testing” in the subject. Please include your name, contact information, school (if known), and testing date and time you wish to attend. You will receive a conformation email within 48 hours.

    Testing Dates: (please arrive by 8:45am) 

    August 29, 2019

    February 20, 2020

    October 3, 2019

    March 26, 2020

    November 7, 2019

    April 30, 2020

    December 12, 2019

    June 4, 2020

    January 16, 2020




    Downloadable Study guide: ParaPro Assessment (Praxis Study Companion)

    (Read online, or download and print)  

     For general information for the ParaPro assessment, please contact: Dori Dunbar, Records Specialist

    Dori Dunbar   Dunbard1@lake.k12.fl.us
    Learning Resource Center
    510 South Palm Ave
    Howey-in-the Hills, FL 34737
    To learn more about the assessment, read some test questions and answers, go to www.ets.org
    The study guide is entitled:
    ParaPro Assessment Study Guide, Test Codes 0755 and 1755
    Practice & Review, The Praxis Series
    Applicants who are district employees may request a study guide from our office. We have a limited supply to lend out on an as-available basis. The study guides must be returned on the day of testing at the test location (see below) or to Dori Dunbar at the Learning Resource Center. The study guides may also be purchased online at the following sites. Prices vary $15 - $35.
    www.ets.org  Educational Testing Service 609-921-9000
    • Please register for the test in advance as space is limited. Please call to cancel if you are unable to keep your appointment.
    • Cost is $55 on credit card only.   Parapro Testing can only be paid with Credit Card: 
      NO DEBIT Cards Or Prepaid Cards.  Pay at time of exam.  
    • Photo ID (example: driver's license) is required.
    • Retakes are $55 each time.
    • Passing “scaled” score is 464 out of 480 points. Three areas are tested: Reading, Math & Writing with 30 questions in each area.
    • Applicants will receive an “unofficial” score on the day of exam that may be used for school interviews. Applicants who do not pass may retake the test in 30 days.
    • The “official” score report is mailed directly from ETS to the applicant within a few weeks.
    • Replacement cost for a lost report is $55 and can be obtained through the Educational Testing Service.
    • Exam is administered by Educational Testing Service online and is in English only.
    • Lake County is not designated as a paper/pencil testing site. If you are interested in taking the paper/pencil test, please contact Marion or Osceola school districts for further information.
    • Exam location is at the Learning Resource Center (address is above).
    • Assessment dates are scheduled by LCS Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA) Department as needed.

     Para-to-Teacher Support Program 

    Attention: There is a special program for Para Professionals who wish to obtain a degree in Teaching with tuition support

    Program Description

    The Para-to-Teacher Support Program provides financial assistance for paraprofessionals who are currently working in Florida’s public schools, to earn a bachelor’s degree in special education, deaf education, or visual disabilities. The program will provide up to $700 per course for tuition support through annual funding from the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services. Upon completion of the program, the participant agrees to teach students with disabilities in a Florida public school.

    In order to be accepted into the Para-to-Teacher Support Program, the applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

    • earned at least an Associate of Arts degree with an overall 2.5 GPA
    • be admitted to a teacher preparation program at one of the state approved colleges or universities
    • currently be employed as a paraprofessional in a Florida public school and assisting students with disabilities

    Applicants must submit a complete application to the state Para-to-Teacher Project Director. Additionally, the participant must pass all portions of the General Knowledge Test by the end of the first semester of admittance to the program (unless otherwise specified by the participating institution of higher education).

    Links to colleges and universities offering special education degrees can be accessed under the Educator Preparation tab. Additional resources can be found under the Educator Resources tab. For questions regarding the Para-to-Teacher Tuition Support Program, contact Dr. Keri Haley by email at khaley@uwf.edu or by phone at 850-474-3460.

    For more information and application please click on the link: Para-to-Teacher Tuition Support Program