The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, or GACE, is administered by National Evaluation Systems. GACE exams are used to test the knowledge of candidates who are attempting to become educators in Georgia’s public school system. GACE exams, developed and administered in cooperation with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, have been the standard exam for assessing the knowledge of potential educators in Georgia since September 2006. The GACE exams meet both state and national standards for educator assessment for P-12 curriculum.
GACE exams must be taken by all candidates applying for a teaching certificate. The GACE are objective-based assessments that were created in a collaborative effort between a committee of Georgia educators, content specialists, and faculty members who teach educators.
GACE tests were designed to test a candidate’s knowledge and skills by comparing test results to an established standard rather than comparing them to the scores of other candidates. The standard is set by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
The GACE program offers assessments in a variety of areas including Basic Skills, Professional Pedagogy, Content, Educational Leadership, Paraprofessional, and Computer Skill Competency.
The Basic Skills assessment tests a candidate’s knowledge of reading, writing, and mathematics. The Professional Pedagogy assessment tests a candidate’s knowledge of student development, instruction, and professional responsibilities. The content assessment exams test a candidate’s knowledge of a specific subject area such as French or a particular grade division such as eighth grade. The Educational Leadership assessment tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills pertaining to being a leader within the Georgia public school system. The Paraprofessional assessment is an extension of the national No Child Left Behind policy. Educators in Title I schools must demonstrate their knowledge by passing the Paraprofessional assessment. This assessment tests the candidate’s instructional ability in reading, writing, and mathematics. The Computer Skill Competency assessment tests a candidate’s level of computer competency.
The assessments are composed of a combination of selected-response and constructed-response questions. Test results are provided in the form of scaled scores that can range from 100 to 300. A score of 220 is the lowest passing score. Candidates who do not pass the GACE may retest as many times as they choose. The candidate must complete the registration process prior to each retest.
Registration for GACE exams can be done by internet, telephone, or mail. Registration by phone is limited to emergency situations. Payment is expected at the time of registration. Acceptable forms of payment vary according to the method of registration. In general, the accepted forms of payment include personal checks, cashier’s checks, and money orders. Debit and credit cards are accepted only if they contain a VISA or MasterCard logo.
Alternative Georgia teaching certification arrangements can be made for candidates who have physical or learning disabilities or those with a religious affiliation prohibiting them from testing on Saturdays. When applying for alternative testing arrangements, the candidates must submit written documentation of their situation.
Candidates will receive a test admission ticket listing the test date, time, and location. Candidates must arrive at the designated testing location on time and fully prepared. Candidates who show up late may not be allowed to take the exam and they will not receive a credit for the cost of registration.
The Georgia Professional Standards Commission endeavors to make registering for the GACE test as easy as possible. When you decide you are ready to sit for the GACE, start by determining exactly which test you need to take. Then refer to the GACE website to find out when that examination will be offered. The GACE test is administered by National Evaluation Systems at locations around Georgia. Members of the military can arrange to take the GACE wherever they are stationed. Once you have decided on your test, date, and location, you are ready to register. Depending on the time frame, there are a few different ways to register. If you are signing up during the regular registration period, you can register either online or by mail. If you want to sign up during the late registration period for an exam that is three to six weeks away, you can do so by computer or postal mail. If you are hoping to sign up during the emergency registration period for an exam that is two to three weeks away, you will need to use either the Internet or a telephone. If you sign up during the late or emergency registration periods, you will be charged an extra fee. If you are registering online or by telephone, you will need to make your payment via credit card; if you are registering by mail, you are allowed to pay with credit card, check, or money order.