The Best Test Preparation for the Praxis II ParaPro Assessment (0755 and 1755): With REA's Testware on CD-ROM, Green Edition

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Practice for the PRAXIS and Become a ParaProfessional with REA's Newest Teacher Certification Test Prep - PRAXIS II: ParaPro Assessment 0755 and 1755. First edition with CD-ROM TestWare! Are you ready to become a ParaProfessional and boost your teaching career? REA's latest addition to our PRAXIS II series was created specifically for individuals looking to attain the position of ParaProfessional as defined by the federally legislated No Child Left Behind Act (20 U.S.C. 6319). The law requires paraprofessionals serving in an instructional capacity to demonstrate that they are knowledgeable in reading, writing, and math, and capable to assist in classroom instruction. Our comprehensive review chapters cover all the reading, writing, and mathematics topics tested on the exam, including: Reading Skills and Knowledge Application of Reading Skills and Knowledge to Classroom Instruction Writing Skills and Knowledge Application of Writing Skills and Knowledge of Classroom Instruction Mathematics Skills and Knowledge Application of Mathematics Skills and Knowledge to Classroom Instruction Two full-length practice tests feature every type of question, subject area, and skill tested on the PRAXIS II ParaProfessional exam. This enhanced TestWare edition includes the book's two full-length practice tests on CD-ROM with automatic, instant scoring, and onscreen detailed explanations of answers. Our timed, computerized exam format gives test-takers the closest experience to taking the actual exam. ParaProfessionals can identify their strengths and weaknesses while reinforcing their skills and testing their teaching knowledge. The test prep comes complete with a customized study schedule and REA's test-taking strategies and tips. If you're training to become a ParaProfessional, this test prep will take you to the head of the class! REA books and software have proven to be the extra support teacher candidates need to pass their challenging test for licensure. Our comprehensive test preps are teacher-recommended and written by educators who have mastered the test and the related program of study.

Author Biography

About the Authors 

Mel H. Friedman, M.S. has a diversified background in mathematics and has developed test items for Educational Testing Service. His teaching experience is at both the high school and college levels. 

Rena Grasso, Ph.D. has taught Writing at all levels (first-year to graduate school) at various colleges and universities for more than twenty-five years. In addition, she is currently tutoring students (middle school through high school) as well as adults, including both native speakers and ESL professionals seeking to improve both work related writing and to pass the TOEFL exams. Dr. Grasso’s experience includes professional grant writing and a range of technical and business writing formats. She has also written essays and articles on history, the arts, and political topics as well as reports and
policy studies on educational issues. Rena Grasso holds an M.A. in Language Studies from Boston University and a Ph.D. from SUNY/Buff alo in Literature and Psychoanalytic Psychology.  

Carol Hunter, M.A. is a former History and English teacher, staff developer, literacy resource teacher, and consultant in Albuquerque and San Diego City Schools. She also taught at The University of New Mexico, Chapman University, The College of Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Community College. She has an undergraduate degree in liberal arts, and an M.A. in History from The University of New Mexico. While working for San Diego City Schools, she received a Peer Coach Certificate from San Diego State University. 

Laura Meiselman, M.S. has taught math to both regular and special education students in public and independent schools in New York for over 15 years. She has two master’s degrees from Bank Street College of Education, one in Special Education and one in Math Leadership. She is the author of two books: Tic Tac Math: Grades 5–8 and What’s Your Angle? And 9 More Math Games, published by Scholastic, Inc. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her daughter. When she’s not doing curriculum writing or test preparation work, Laura can be found doing yoga, taking cooking classes, or reading. 

Table of Contents

About this Book and TestWare“
About the Praxis Series
How to Use this Book and TestWare“
Format of the Test
Studying for the Test
Study Schedule
The Day of the Test
Reading: Skills And Knowledge
Reading as a Contact Sport
The Role of the ParaProfessional
Foundations of Reading/Word Study
Literary Elements
Teaching Reading
Literature Response
Interpreting Text
Application Of Reading Skills To The Classroom
Word Study and Language Acquisition
Teaching the Strategies
Mathematics: Skills And Knowledge
Number Sense and Basic Algebra
Mathematical Operations
Numbers in Different Forms
Order of Operations
Data Analysis
Mathematics: Application Of Skills And Knowledge To The Classroom
Writing Skills And Knowledge
Grammar (Syntax)
Eight Parts of Speech
The Sentence
Punctuation, Mechanics, and Usage
Commonly Misused Words and Phrases
Practice Exercises
Application Of Writing Skills To The Classroom
Developing Writing Skills
More Basics of Effective Writing
Stages of Writing: The Framework
Research Methods and Material
Practice Test 1
Practice Test 2
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If you’re looking to secure certification as a paraprofessional many states require the Praxis II ParaPro Assessment. Think of this book and the accompanying TestWare® as your toolkit to pass the test. It will help take the mystery and anxiety out of the testing process by equipping you not only with the nuts and bolts, but also, ultimately, with the confidence to succeed alongside your peers across the United States.

We at REA have put a lot of thought into this, and the result is a book that pulls together all the critical information you need to know to pass the test. Let us help you fill in the blanks—literally and figuratively! We will provide you with the touchstones that will allow you to do your very best come test day and beyond.

In this guide, REA offers our customary in-depth, up-to-date, objective coverage, with test-specific modules devoted to targeted review and realistic practice exams, in printed form and on the enclosed TestWare® on CD, complete with the kind of detail that makes a difference when you’re coming down the homestretch in your preparation. We also include a quick-view answer key and competency-categorized progress chart to enable you to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses. We strongly recommend that you begin your preparation with the TestWare® tests, which provide timed conditions and instantaneous, accurate scoring.
Praxis is Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) shorthand for Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers. The Praxis Series is a group of teacher licensing tests that ETS developed in concert with states across the nation. There are three categories of tests in the series: Praxis I, Praxis II, and Praxis III. Praxis I includes the paper-based Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) and the Praxis I Computer-Based Tests (CBT). Both versions cover essentially the same subject matter. These exams measure basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills and are often a requirement for admission to a teacher education program.

Praxis II embraces Subject Assessment/Specialty Area Tests, of which the Praxis II ParaPro Assessment is a part. Most Praxis II examinations cover the subject matter that students typically study in teacher education courses such as language acquisition, school curriculum, methods of teaching, and other professional development courses. However, the Praxis II ParaPro Assessment is expressly for prospective and practicing paraprofessionals; it measures both skills and knowledge in reading, mathematics, and writing as well as the ability to apply those skills to the classroom.
Praxis III is different from the multiple-choice and essay tests typically used for assessment purposes. With this assessment, ETS-trained observers evaluate an instructor’s performance in the classroom, using nationally validated criteria. The observers may videotape the lesson, and other teaching experts may critique the resulting tapes.Who Takes the Test?
Thirty-five states require the Praxis II ParaPro Assessment, which fulfills the mandate of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). In order for a person to qualify as a paraprofessional, one must:
1. complete two years of study at an institution of higher education; or
2. obtain an associate’s (or higher) degree; or
3. meet a rigorous standard of quality and be able to demonstrate, through a formal State or local academic assessment, knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics (or, as appropriate, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics

When and Where Can I Take the Test?
ETS offers the Praxis II ParaPro Assessment paper-based test four times a year. The paper-based test requires pre-registration. The Internet-based test does not require preregistration but is administered only in participating school districts throughout the year. Contact your district’s administrative office for availability in your area.
How Do I Get More Information on the ETS Praxis Exams?
To receive information on upcoming administrations of any of the Praxis II Subject Assessments, consult the ETS registration bulletin or website, or contact ETS at:

Educational Testing Service
Teaching and Learning Division
P.O. Box 6051
Princeton, NJ 08541-6051
Phone: (609) 771-7395

Special accommodations are available for candidates who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically disabled, or specific learning disabled. For questions concerning disability services, contact:
ETS Disability Services: (609) 771-7780
TTY only: (609) 771-7714

Provisions are also available for examinees whose primary language is not English. The ETS registration bulletin and website include directions for those requesting such accommodations. You can also consult ETS with regard to available test sites; reporting test scores; requesting changes in tests, centers, and dates of test; purchasing additional score reports; retaking tests; and other basic facts.

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