About the Test Content
The GACE® Paraprofessional assessment consists of 90 selected-response questions in the core subject areas of reading, writing, and math. Approximately two-thirds of the questions focus on basic skills and knowledge, while the remaining one-third focuses on applying skills in the classroom. See the GACE® Paraprofessional Assessment Study Companion.
Why the GACE Paraprofessional Assessment Was Developed
Paraprofessionals serving in an instructional capacity are required by law to:
- hold at least an associate of arts degree, or
- have completed two years of college coursework (60 semester hours), or
- demonstrate through a state or local academic assessment that they are knowledgeable in reading, writing, and math and are capable of assisting in classroom instruction.
How the Assessment Was Developed
The GACE Paraprofessional assessment reflects the most current research and the professional judgment and experience of educators from the state of Georgia and across the country. It was developed with the assistance of an advisory committee composed of practicing paraprofessionals and teachers. A thorough job analysis was conducted to determine what knowledge and skills are important for paraprofessionals in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics, and in assisting in instruction in these areas. The assessment was then reviewed and validated by a committee of Georgia educators and paraprofessionals to ensure that it aligns with the state's expectations for what a paraprofessional must know and be able to accomplish in a classroom setting.