The purpose of the GACE is to assess the knowledge and skills of prospective Georgia public school educators. The GACE program helps the Georgia PSC meet its goal of ensuring that candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job of an educator in Georgia public schools. The GACE are aligned with state and national standards for educator preparation and with state standards for the P–12 student curriculum (Georgia Performance Standards).
The GACE are criterion-referenced, objective-based assessments designed to measure a candidate’s knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The tests were developed in consultation with committees of Georgia educators, educator preparation faculty, and other content and assessment specialists. Test questions were reviewed and approved by committees of Georgia educators. The passing score for each test is established by the PSC and is based on the professional judgments and recommendations of Georgia educators.
Georgia Professional Standards website
Students who have taken the Praxis I examination prior to September 1, 2006 will still be able to use these scores for admission and certification purposes.
The current options for satisfying the Basic Skills Assessment, including the exemptions, are outlined at http://www.gapsc.com/EducatorPreparation/Assessment/BasicSkillsInfo.aspx. Under "Basic Skills Testing," scroll to "Options to Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement."
Official score results must be provided to the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions directly from the testing agency for the exemption to be made. Verification of exemption is automatically made by the admissions specialist at the time of application.