Supercharging Student Success: Policy Levers for Helping Paraprofessionals Have a Positive Influence in the Classroom

How can states support paraprofessionals to ensure greater student success? In this Policy Snapshot, we summarize existing research about the instructional contributions of paraprofessionals to student learning and behavioral outcomes, as well as their noninstructional contributions. We also identify important state policy considerations for preparation, supervision, professional development, and career development of paraprofessionals and for teachers working with paraprofessionals.