ParaProfessional Assessment

Last Updated: 9/29/2021 7:30 PM

Stark County ESC is an approved testing location for the ParaProfessional Assessment

Passing the ParaProfessional Assessment qualifies an Educational Aide to be highly qualified with the ESEA endorsement.

With an Educational Aide Permit an individual can perform educational assistant duties in a school, including the supervision of students and assistance with instructional tasks.  Many schools with Title I funding require their aides to be highly qualified with the ESEA endorsement.

In order to become ESEA endorsed, individuals must have successfully completed ONE of the following:

  • The examination for ParaProfessionals prescribed by the State Board of Education (ParaPro).
  • An associate degree (or higher) from an accredited institution of higher education; or at least two years of study at an accredited institution of high education (defined as 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours). If you have enough credits, you would need to upload your official transcript when applying for the aide permit through Ohio Department of Education.


$55 payment for the test (credit/debit card or PayPal - goes directly to ETS testing company when registering on the day of the test)
$10 to administer the test (cash, check or money order to Stark County ESC)


Stark County Educational Service Center
6057 Strip Ave. NW, North Canton OH 44720
Located on the Stark State College campus in the Advanced Technology Center building.
Enter the FRONT entrance to the building. 
The ParaPro office is located in the BCI/FBI office down the left hallway.
Signs are posted.

Directions via I-77--Take I-77 to Exit 111 (Portage Street, Canal Fulton). Turn west and continue to the first traffic light, Strip Avenue. Turn left at that light onto Strip Avenue and follow this access road around the perimeter of The Strip. After passing Wal-Mart, the next traffic light is the rear entrance to the college campus.  Enter the Stark State College campus directly across from the Hall of Fame Bridge (there are two brick signs that say Stark State and Kent State). Turn right. At the stop sign, turn right. The first building on the right is the Advanced Technology Center. Free parking is adjacent to the entrance.

Directions from Akron and points north--Take I-77 south and follow I-77 directions above.
Directions from Alliance--Take Route 62 to I-77 north and follow I-77 directions above.
Directions from Wooster, Columbus, and points west--Take State Route 30 east to I-77 north and follow I-77 directions above.


Please bring paper and pencil; no cell phones or calculators are permitted.


The ParaPro consists of 90 multiple choice questions over reading, writing, and math.  It is a timed test and you are allotted 2-1/2 hours to take the test.

For additional information about the test, practice questions, and study tips, CLICK HERE.

To schedule the ParaPro Assessment CLICK HERE

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