Teacher Preparation Program Effectiveness

Our Candidates Know Their Content

Our educator preparation programs are held to high standards. Our teacher preparation programs demonstrate that we prepare teachers who have a positive impact on children’s learning and development and who are committed to staying in the profession.

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All of our candidates take a state-wide assessment focusing on their knowledge of the content areas (for example, math, science, social studies and early childhood education subject areas) they will be teaching. The purpose of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) is to ensure candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to teach in Georgia’s public schools. In 2014, our programs had an overall pass rate of 97% on the GACE content knowledge assessments.

View a summary of Georgia State’s pass rates over the last 10 years.


Georgia State University faculty are part of a state-wide initiative to establish Teacher Preparation Program Effectiveness Measures (TPPEM) which will hold educator preparation providers accountable to high program standards and outcomes by applying consistent effectiveness measures across programs. According to the most recent draft of this initiative, the TPPEM will base 50% of a program’s effectiveness rating on Georgia Teacher Evaluation Measure scores (TEM) of graduates in their first and second year of teaching. Other measures of teacher preparation program effectiveness will include:

(a) Completers’ success at increasing student achievement during their induction period and subsequently obtaining a clear renewable certificate,
(b) Their performance on revised and more stringent state content area assessments (GACE) and
(c) Their performance on a nationally-normed assessment of their ability to teach in their content areas (edTPA).

In preparation for these new measures, Georgia State faculty are currently serving on committees developing the new GACE assessments and are using data from edTPA portfolio pilot assessments to consider program revisions.


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