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ParaProfessional Assessment

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

ParaProfessionals providing academic support in a core academic subject supported with Title I funds must be properly certified by holding a valid Ohio Educational Aide Permit with ESEA endorsement.  With this Permit an individual can perform educational assistant duties in a school, including the supervision of students and assistance with instructional tasks. 
In order to become ESEA endorsed, individuals must have successfully completed ONE of the following:

  • Take and pass the examination for ParaProfessionals prescribed by the State Board of Education (ParaPro).
  • Hold an associate degree (or higher) from an accredited institution of higher education; or have 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.

COST OF PARAPRO ASSESSMENT (bring both payments on the day of your scheduled test)

$55 payment for the test (credit/debit card or PayPal goes directly to ETS testing company)
$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 Stark State College campus directly across from the Hall of Fame Bridge (there are two brick signs that say Stark State and Kent State). At the stop sign, turn right. The first building on the right is the Advanced Technology Center.


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 and for practice questions, see the "Praxis Study Companion"  for ParaPro Assessment.

To schedule the ParaPro Assessment CLICK HERE