Paraeducator Program

The objective of the Paraeducator program is to provide training in a variety of areas, using best -practices in professional development, that is accessible and responsive to district, school and paraeducator needs.

NEWESD 101 provides support to paraeducators throughout our region through workshops and on-line resources.

Training for Core Competencies, Special Health Concerns and Para-Reading are at both NEWESD 101 and at requesting district sites.

Paraeducator Services
The Paraeducator Program offers the regional introductory level training for all 14 competencies on a limited basis. Training for competencies 1-6, 7-11 & 13 are also available at for subscribing districts.

ETS ParaPro Assessment
The ETS Paraprofessional Assessment consists of 90 multiple choice questions, 30 in each of the following subjects: reading, writing, and math. Approximately two-thirds of the questions in each subject area focus on the application of those skills and knowledge in a classroom context. Fifteen of the questions in the test (five in each subject) are pretest questions and do not count toward the candidate's score. Individuals must score 461 or higher to pass the assessment for Washington. Please allow 2.5 hours to take the test.

Test registration and payment:

If you had an account in GoSignMeUp, you have an account in pdEnroller. You will need to activate your imported account. Please do not create a duplicate account.

1. First, click on the blue box on the top that says, “New to pdEnroller. Click here to activate your account.

2. Enter the email address used in your GSMU account. 

3. Click on the green, “Let’s get started” button. 
If your email account does not exist it will give you a message to create an account. If it does exist it will send you an email.

An email with a secure link will be sent. Open the link to set up a new password. You will update your profile information to complete the onboarding process.

Once your account has been activated, you can log in to your pdEnroller account.


1. From the event catalog view the calendarsearch for a title, ID number, etc; or sort by categories in the left column.

2. Click the title of the course.

3. Click on the Register Now button.

Your PdEnroller account must be your exact name and spelling of that name as shown on the primary ID document.

ETS Assessment information and study guide -  

Math link for study -

AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2020, there is a mandatory 35-day waiting period (not including your initial test date) to retest if you do not pass. ETS may cancel your score from being reported if this waiting period has been violated. The test fee will not be refunded.

Test Location: NEWESD 101, 4202 S. Regal Street, Spokane
Cost: $75

For questions, please contact Kim Cameron at (509) 789-3547 / or Mary Kempel at (509) 456-2715 /

Paraeducators Working With Students With Special Health Care Needs
NEWESD 101 provides training for paraeducators working with students with special health care needs. This is the only portion of paraeducator training which requires participants to attend in person. Completion of the training satisfies paraeducator core competencies 4, 7, 12 and 14. Cost is $60.   
To register: 

For more information, contact Linda Smith, 509-789-3538 or