The Middle Grades Reading assessment, offered as part of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, consists of one test. The test consists of 80 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the test are curriculum, instruction, assessment, evaluation, diversity, and literate environment. Some of the topics covered by the curriculum and instruction subarea are: major theories and research evidence of reading and writing processes and development in adolescence; the research and theory of learning environments that support individual motivation to read and write; and reading and writing approaches that are research-based and meet student needs. Some of the topics covered by the assessment and evaluation subarea are: the strengths and limitations of assessment tools and their appropriate use; state assessment frameworks, proficiency standards, and student benchmark; and identifying patterns in classroom and individual students’ data. Some of the topics covered by the diversity and literate environment subarea are: the ways in which diversity can be used to strengthen a literate society; the ways in which diversity influences adolescent literacy development; positive reading and writing behaviors; and effective use of technology for improving student learning.
The examination must be completed within two hours. Test-takers will receive performance indices indicating their success in each subarea of the examination. Scores will be available approximately a month after the date of the examination; unofficial results are posted on the internet, and an official score report is mailed to the test-taker, the Professional Standards Commission, and the institution specified by the test-taker during registration.
GACE Middle Grades Reading Practice Questions
1. When examining a short story in class, the teacher should take advantage of the opportunity to discuss:
A: topic sentences
C: figurative language
D: thesis statements
2. When selecting materials for a seventh-grade class library, which of the following is the most important consideration?
A: All of the texts should be comprehensible to all of the students.
B: All of the books should have illustrations.
C: There should be a wide variety of ability levels and subject matter.
D: The books should be covered with dust jackets.
3. Which of the following is the most efficient kind of formative assessment for sixth-grade students?
A: independent reading
B: reading aloud
C: pop quiz
D: student-teacher conference
4. Which of the following would be the best activity for exploring the setting of a short story?
A: drawing a picture
B: free writing
C: role play
D: class discussion
5. Mr. King’s sixth-grade class is predominantly Native American. What kind of literature should he be sure to include in his syllabus?
A: world literature
B: English literature
C: cross-cultural literature
D: ethnic-specific literature
1. C. The use of figurative language in a short story is an appropriate subject of discussion for students at this age.
2. C. Students’ reading interests are unpredictable, so it is important to have a wide variety of texts in the library.
3. B. The process of reading aloud gives a good indication of student fluency and comprehension.
4. A. Students can explore the content of the story’s setting by drawing a picture.
5. D. Ethnic-specific literature is literature about a specific ethnic group written by a member of that ethnic group.