Frequently Asked Questions About the Georgia Ethics Assessments
- What are the Georgia Ethics assessments?
The Georgia Ethics assessments are a training and assessment program composed of a series of modules that combine instruction and testing. They are comprised of two assessments:
- the Georgia Educator Ethics assessment
- the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership assessment
The goal of these assessments is to help teachers and educational leaders 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.
- What is the format and length of each assessment?
Each Georgia Ethics assessment is offered at two levels: Program Entry and Program Exit. Each level consists of seven interactive modules that instruct through video, gaming, and self-guided learning. Five of the modules include an end-of-module test with immediate feedback. The Program Exit level also includes an end-of-course, or summative, test.
Each module is designed to take no more than 30 minutes to complete; however, you may take as much time as you like.
- How is the Program Exit level different from the Program Entry level?
While much of the learning content is the same, the Program Exit level has different questions in the end-of-module tests, building upon the Program Entry level of the assessment. Additionally, Program Exit candidates must complete and pass an end-of-course, or summative, test that includes questions related to the topics covered in all of the modules.
- Will I have to take both levels of the assessments to achieve certification?
Georgia Educator Ethics: Yes, with one exception. If you completed your state-approved educator preparation program by December 31, 2014, you are exempt from passing the Georgia Educator Ethics assessment if all certification application materials were received by the GaPSC’s Certification Division by March 1, 2015.
If you are a teacher candidate entering a state-approved traditional or non-traditional educator preparation program for an initial teaching field and are taking Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350) to receive credit toward program admission, you must also pass Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit (360) prior to completion of your program to achieve certification.
Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership: All candidates admitted (enrolled and taking classes) to any GaPSC-approved Educational Leadership program (non-tiered program or the new tiered model) on or after July 1, 2016, must complete (do not have to pass) Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership – Program Entry (370) prior to becoming enrolled. A candidate who completes this program entry requirement for Tier I, does not have to complete it again for Tier II.
All candidates completing any GaPSC-approved Educational Leadership program (non-tiered program or the new tiered model) on or after July 1, 2016, must attempt Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership – Program Exit (380) prior to completion and must pass the assessment to earn certification in the field of Educational Leadership. A candidate who passes Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership – Program Exit for Tier I certification, does not have to pass it again for Tier II certification.
- How are the assessments given?
The Georgia Ethics assessments are computer delivered via the web-based Georgia Ethics assessment system. You may take any Georgia Ethics assessment with your computer or tablet from home, or anywhere you have Internet access, by logging into the secure web service and completing the modules online.
- How much does the assessment cost?
See fees. All test fees are nonrefundable.
Note for Program Exit candidates: You have five attempts to pass each end-of-module test. If passing status is not achieved by the fifth attempt, your access to the Georgia Ethics assessment system will be revoked. To regain access, you will need to pay another test fee.
- Where do I take these assessments?
You can take these assessments with your computer or tablet from home or anywhere you have Internet access. The Georgia Ethics assessments are delivered via the Georgia Ethics assessment system. After you complete or update your MyPSC account on the GaPSC website and enter your reason for testing, your eligibility will be confirmed and you will receive an email giving you access to this system. See eligibility and registration.
- When can I take the assessments?
There are no specific testing dates or testing windows for the Georgia Ethics assessments. You can take them any time after your eligibility has been granted. Your program provider may be able to advise you about the best time to take this assessment.
- How do I register?
After you create or update your MyPSC account and indicate your reason for testing on the GaPSC website, your profile and eligibility information are sent to ETS. ETS will then send you an email that includes a link to the Georgia Ethics assessment system where you can register to take the assessment. See eligibility and registration.
- What test preparation is available?
- Can I see my scores?
You can view your score after each end-of-module test and under "My History" in the Georgia Ethics assessment system. Scores will be available under "My History" for 30 days after you complete the assessment.
- How do I know if I passed?
The Program Entry level of the Georgia Educator Ethics and Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership assessments is reported as "Completed" or "Not Completed."
The Program Exit level of the Georgia Educator Ethics and Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership assessments is reported as "Passed" or "Not Passed."
Once you have successfully completed or passed the assessment, you will be able to print a certificate that indicates your status.
For more information, see Scores.
- How do I send scores to my program provider?
You may choose up to three (3) score recipients as part of your test fee. All score recipients must be selected before you complete the assessment. Once you complete and exit the assessment, you cannot add or change score recipients. Go to “My Profile” in the Georgia Ethics assessment system to select your score recipients.
If you are taking the Program Entry level of either assessment, you must add your program provider as a score recipient or they will not receive notice that you have completed the assessment.
If you are taking the Program Exit level of either assessment, your scores will automatically be sent to your program provider. You do not need to add them as a score recipient.
- What if I want to send scores to someone other than my program provider?
You can add up to three (3) score recipients as part of your test fee. It does not cost extra to add score recipients.
- Can I change my score recipients?
Yes. You can update your score recipients through “My Profile” in the Georgia Ethics assessment system. However, all score recipients must be selected before you complete the assessment. Once you complete and exit the assessment, you cannot add or change score recipients.
- I forgot my username or password.
Contact ETS Customer Service for assistance at 1-855-225-7178. A new password will be emailed to you so you can log into the system.
- I was halfway through the assessment and for some reason I can no longer access the modules. What happened?
Make sure you have not exceeded the number of attempts allowed for taking the end-of module tests.
- Program Entry level: you have two attempts at each end-of-module test. If passing status is not achieved by the second attempt, you will be permitted to move on to the next module and your status will be reported to your designated score recipients.
- Program Exit level: you have five attempts to pass each end-of-module test. If passing status is not achieved by the fifth attempt, your access to the Georgia Ethics assessment system will be revoked. To regain access, you will need to pay an additional test fee.
- Why can't I play the videos?
Check the minimum hardware requirements to make sure you have a browser within the specifications listed and have the appropriate bandwidth.
- Why is there no sound when I play the videos?
Check to make sure you have the sound enabled on your computer and that your speakers are on and the volume is turned up. For optimal sound, use headphones when viewing the videos included in each module.
- Why can't I fast forward the videos?
You must view each video in its entirety, so the fast forward function is disabled during the first viewing. After you have viewed the entire video one time, the fast forward function will work.
- What should I do if I never received the email with the link to register?
The email with your link to access the system will come from ETS Customer Service. Be sure to add ets.org to your safe senders list. If you do not receive this email, call 1-855-225-7178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.