Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE)
The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) has contracted with National Evaluation Systems (NES) to assist in the development and administration of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE). The purpose of the GACE is to assess the knowledge and skills of prospective Georgia public school educators. The GACE program helps the PSC meet its goal of ensuring that candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job of an educator in Georgia public schools. The GACE are aligned with state and national standards for educator preparation and with state standards for the P-12 student curriculum (Georgia Performance Standards).
Basic Skills Assessment
The Basic Skills Assessment is designed to assess knowledge and skills in the areas of reading, mathematics, and writing. The assessment is composed of three tests-the reading and mathematics tests each consist of selected-response questions; the writing test consists of selected-response questions and a constructed-response assignment.
The Content Assessments test a variety of content knowledge areas. The middle grades assessments are each a single test that consists of selected-response questions and constructed-response assignments. All other content assessments (early childhood and special education) are composed of two tests-each test consists of selected-response questions and one or more constructed-response assignments.