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.
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.
(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.
- For highlights of our program effectiveness please read the COE Educator Preparation Report.
- Programs also analyze additional information, such as GPA in courses, portfolio artifacts, and subject matter exams, to evaluate candidates’ content knowledge. For a detailed summary of the data we collect and analyze related to our candidates’ content knowledge, see our Content Knowledge Data Summary Reports for 2011, 2012 and 2013.