GACE certification fulfills the requirements established by Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA). Among other things, Title 20 gives the Professional Standards Commission (PSC) the task of making available and monitoring the certification of Georgia public school teachers at elementary and secondary levels. Teacher qualification for credentialing is determined by assessing competency in abilities and understanding of instructional standards and classroom content. Teacher certification by the State of Georgia requires that potential teachers demonstrate a basic level of standardized professional knowledge and skills.
In addition to standards established by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), Georgia has added some requirements. Georgia teaching candidates must ascribe to the standards of performance and code of ethics as detailed in Title 20.
Teachers who successfully pass GACE certification are qualified to teach at the appropriate level and in the authorized specialty or specialties in which they tested.
The GACE tests scores are scaled. The correct answers in the selected-response section are combined with constructed-response scores, which have been adapted to a scale ranging between 100 and 300. In order to pass, a candidate's scaled score total must be 220 or greater. Those assessments which include multiple tests require passage of all for the candidate to receive certification. In order to receive GACE certification, candidates who fail one (or more) tests need only retake those tests, not the entire block. Each test retake requires a new registration. For candidates taking a computer-based test, retesting cannot be done less than 30 days after the prior test was completed.
Last Updated: 06/14/2014