OPEPP District Audit: Part 1

Ohio Partnership for Excellence in Paraprofessional Preparation

The OPEPP District Audit is a planning tool that can be used by district teams to assess districts’ current uses of Parapros and to reflect on and consider desirable practices that may help facilitate systemic change efforts related to how Parapros can function as part of an effective integrated service delivery model.

Part 1 of the District Audit is intended to provide information about district context for its uses of Parapros. Part 2 of the District Audit is intended to provide information about district practices and support associated with district uses of Parapros.


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Part 1 of the OPEPP Audit is intended to provide information about district context for its uses of Parapros. District teams should complete all steps and respond as fully as possible.

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As more students with a wide range of learning needs are placed in general education classrooms, school leaders need to make sure that all students—including those with disabilities—receive instruction from teachers who use inclusive educational practices. In fact, addressing this need is a significant equity issue. Therefore, clarifying the roles of the general educator, special educator, and related service provider becomes important as the first step in determining the appropriate role of the Parapro in the general education classroom.

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Before district leaders assign Parapros to classrooms, they would benefit by developing and sharing a common definition of inclusive practices. This definition will help district personnel determine what supports are needed for an individual student or group of students. District leaders may find it helpful to conduct an inventory of all existing types of support at all levels of the system (classroom, school, district, and external resources). Data from the inventory can help them determine if students with learning difficulties are accessing available types of assistance or need additional supports.

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