ACTION REQUIRED: Reimbursing the paraeducator Fundamental Course of Study


Reimbursing the paraeducator Fundamental Course of Study: iGrants package 918

October 7, 2019

BULLETIN NO. 04-2019


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The Paraeducator Certificate Program offers statewide standards-based training for all paraeducators, and supports a career growth ladder for those who wish to advance their career as a paraeducator or pursue a teaching profession. 

Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, school districts are required to:

  1. Meet paraeducator minimum employment requirements; and
  2. Provide two days (14 hours) of training on the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) to all paraeducators.

The 2019-21 Washington operating appropriations bill contains an appropriation of $12,001,000 to offset districts' cost of providing two days of training on the FCS for the 2019-20 school year. These funds will be available for reimbursement after September 1, 2020. 

How to apply for reimbursement

  1. Submit iGrants package 918 to receive state reimbursement for providing two days of training on the FCS.
  2. Report the number of paraeducators who complete training for the period July 1, 2019 through September 1, 2020.
  3. Districts are required to submit quarterly updates through iGrants package 918 by:
    • November 1, 2019
    • February 3, 2020
    • May 4, 2020
    • September 1, 2020
  4. Final claims must be received no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Claims submitted after that date will not be reimbursed. 

Counting paraeducators

An instructional paraeducator is considered to be:

“A classified public school or school district employee who works under the supervision of a certificated or licensed staff member, from grades kindergarten to grade 12, to support and assist in providing instructional and other services to students and their families, including library assistants, and excluding bus monitors, lunchroom aides, and community service aides.”

Districts are required to provide training to paraeducators who meet this definition. Training funds are allocated based on headcount; not on FTE or the prototypical school model. For more information on district implementation, please review the implementation toolkit.


The exact reimbursement rate of funding for the 2019-20 school year is unknown at this time since the final number of paraeducators trained is unknown. A preliminary rate will be established in February 2020, adjusted in May, and a final adjustment in September when the total number of paraeducators trained is known. Based on preliminary calculations, we anticipate the rate will be close to $436 per paraeducator for two days of training (14 hours).

Information and assistance

For questions regarding this program, please contact Zoe Hammes-Hefti at 360-725-4956 or email