The ParaPro Assessment measures reading, writing and math skills of practicing and prospective school paraprofessionals. Effective July 2014, the ParaPro Assessment is computer-based. Frederick Community College (FCC) Testing Center in Frederick, Maryland and The University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) Counseling Center are offering the ParaPro Assessment to the general public. Additional information about test dates and fees is provided below:
Frederick Community College Testing Center, Frederick Maryland
Tests are administered Monday - Thursday (9:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Assessment costs include a $30 processing fee and $50 test fee (non-refundable)
For more information, contact FCC at 301-846-2522 or by email at TestingCenter@frederick.edu
University of Maryland College Park Counseling Center
Tests are administered Monday – Friday (9:00 am or 12:00 pm)
Assessment costs include a $25 proctor fee per hour and $50 test fee
For more information, contact UMCP at 301-314-7688 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Change in Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Requirements for Basic Certification Tests
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has replaced Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST/CPPST) with a new basic skills assessment, the Praxis Core: Core Academic Skills for Educators. Effective September 1, 2014, the Praxis I will no longer be available and will be replaced with Praxis Core.
The Praxis Core consists of three subtests: Praxis Core Reading (5712), Praxis Core Writing (5722), and Praxis Core Mathematics (5732). To learn more about the Praxis Core and access test preparation resources, please visit the ETS website at https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/. Additionally, you can read more about the teacher certification tests by viewing MSDE’s website at http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/certification/certification_branch/testing_information/praxis1.html.
If you have questions regarding teacher certification tests, please contact the Certification Office at 301-952-6353 or email@example.com.
Non-Local Travel Administrative Procedure 4134– Major Changes
1. All Non-Local Travel Request forms MUST have the final approval of the Chief of Staff, Deputy Superintendent(s) or the Chief Operating Officer, as appropriate, for employees under their supervision.
2. All employees must utilize the approved Travel Services Contractor – Globetrotter Travel.
3. All travel requests are subject to Internal Audit Review. If discrepancies are cited, the employee will have 30 days to reimburse PGCPS for an unallowable expense. In the event reimbursement is not received in 30 days, the school system will deduct the amount due from the employee’s paycheck.
4. Lodging: The school system’s approved travel service contractor is to be utilized to ensure the best available rates are achieved. Hotels with a 2-3 star rating are offered first and are preferred. The allowed length of stay starts the night before the first meeting, with check out on the last day of the meeting, unless the last meeting ends too late for the employee to return home that day.
Attention Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 400 Prince George’s County CTW-CLC
FY-15 Step Increase – Effective October 1, 2014
Pursuant to the FY-15 provisions of the 2013-2015 Negotiated Agreement between the Service Employees International Union Local 400 Prince George’s County CTW-CLC and the Board of Education of Prince George’s County, all current full-time and part-time (benefit eligible) SEIU Local 400 employees hired prior to October 1, 2013 are eligible for a step increase effective October 1, 2014. Employees hired after October 1, 2013 are not eligible for this FY-15 step increase. Also, there was an expansion of the SEIU Local 400 pay table to include an additional step at the top of the pay table, effective October 1, 2014 for employees at the top of the scale as of June 30, 2014.
The step increase will be reflected on the October 10, 2014 pay date for the pay period of September 22, 2014 – October 3, 2014. The effective date of October 1, 2014 falls in the middle of the pay period, therefore, salaries will reflect seven (7) days of the pay period at the old rate (September 22, 2014 – September 30, 2014) and three (3) days of the pay period at the new rate (October 1, 2014 – October 3, 2014).
All employees are encouraged to use Oracle Self-Service to view your current salary, grade and step. All questions should be addressed to the Office of Compensation and Classification at 301-952-6212 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.