About the GACE® Assessments

What Are the GACE Assessments?

The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE®) is Georgia's state-approved educator certification assessment program. The purpose of the assessments is to assure that the knowledge and skills acquired by prospective Georgia educators are aligned with state and national standards for educator preparation and with state standards for the P–12 student curriculum — the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS). The GACE program helps the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) meet its goal of ensuring that educator candidates meet these standards before receiving their educator certification in the state of Georgia. The GaPSC has contracted with Educational Testing Service (ETS) to assist in the development and administration of the GACE program.

Who Takes the GACE Assessments and Why?

The GACE assessments are taken by individuals seeking admission to an educator preparation program, seeking educator certification in the State of Georgia, and/or seeking to become highly qualified in a core academic subject. Examinees should refer to the GaPSC website if they have questions about which tests they need for their individual certification. The GaPSC’s email address for certification questions is mail@gapsc.com.

What Assessments Are Offered?

The GACE assessments consist of six main assessment types: Program Admission, Content, Certificate Upgrade, Educational Leadership, Educator Ethics, and Paraprofessional. See a complete list of assessments offered.

Assessment Type Assessment Description
Program Admission Designed to assess knowledge and skills in the areas of reading, mathematics, and writing, the assessment consists of three tests. The Reading and Mathematics tests consist of selected-response questions, and the Writing test consists of selected-response questions and two constructed-response (written) assignments.
Content The content assessments test a variety of content knowledge areas. Assessments consist of either one or two tests and contain selected-response questions, and, in some cases, one or more constructed-response (written, spoken, or signed) assignments. See Assessments Offered for specific information about each one.
Certificate Upgrade The assessments for certificate upgrades in Curriculum and Instruction and Instructional Technology were developed for educators seeking to achieve the professional level of certification. Each assessment consists of one test composed of selected-response questions and three or four constructed-response assignments.

The GACE Teacher Leadership assessment was developed to assess the critical leadership roles that teachers play in contributing to student and school success. It consists of six tasks which are scored according to task-specific rubrics. Each task addresses specific standards within the Georgia Teacher Leadership Program Standards.
Educational Leadership The Educational Leadership assessment is designed to assess knowledge and skills needed by educational leaders in Georgia schools. The assessment consists of one test composed of selected-response questions and four constructed-response assignments.
Educator Ethics The Georgia Educator Ethics assessment is a training and assessment program composed of a series of modules that combine instruction and testing. The goal of the assessment is to help educators become familiar with, understand, and apply the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators, as well as comprehend and embrace the principles of ethical decision making in an educational context. The assessment will initially be offered at the Program Entry and Program Exit levels and will be composed of modules that combine instruction and testing.
Paraprofessional The Paraprofessional Assessment is a single test that consists of selected-response questions only. This assessment measures the reading, writing, and basic math competencies of practicing and prospective paraprofessionals, and their ability to effectively use those skills in the classroom.

How Do I Register to Take a GACE Assessment?

GACE assessments are given as computer-delivered tests at test centers throughout Georgia and many other locations. Once you have confirmed your eligibility and testing requirements, you can register online or by phone. See Registration, Test Centers, and Dates.

How Can I Prepare for a Test?

You can review the Study Companions, Test Familiarization Videos, Interactive Practice Tests, and other test prep materials to help get ready for the test. You can also attend online webinars led by ETS-certified trainers that walk you through the different parts of the GACE assessments, inform you about available test preparation resources, and give you the opportunity to ask questions. See Test Preparation Resources.

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