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.
Important: The test supplier for the GACE is now ETS (formerly ES). Because scores from tests offered by different suppliers are not comparable, passing scores on tests within an assessment cannot be split between the two suppliers. Examinees must pass all parts of an assessment with the same testing supplier for that assessment to count toward certification. For example, an examinee cannot pass Early Childhood Education Test 1 with ES and Early Childhood Education Test II with ETS to get credit for completing the Early Childhood GACE assessment. You will retain credit for any GACE assessment you have already passed (all parts of the assessment must be passed to retain credit).
Undergraduate candidates for certification may not take GACE content assessments prior to meeting eligibility requirements for their program. Remember, those students in undergraduate teaching fields, or in Educational Leadership, Media, School Psychology, or Counseling, must select Reason for Testing #2 when establishing their PSC account prior to registering for the test. In addition, candidate's program providers must also grant eligibility to test before ETS will allow registration for the assessment. Contact your program coordinator for more information.
Georgia Professional Standards website (select "Latest on GACE" under "News and Announcements")
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 Program Admission 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.