Performance on External Examinations

College of Education

Educator Certification: GACE


Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) in the College of Education have been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) (now Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)) since 1955. EPPs are also reviewed and approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC).

Students in all EPPs must pass the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) exams to satisfy program admission requirements and to qualify for an institutional recommendation for certification upon program completion. GACE Content Knowledge Assessment Tests must be passed for program completers to be recommended to the GAPSC for initial certification.

Based on the quality of student cohorts and historical successes with respect to GACE pass rates, the College of Education uses a benchmark of 90% to indicate success. EPP completers continue to consistently meet and exceed the thresholds set by the College of Education.

Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Pass Rates among Georgia College students
GACE Assessment 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Elementary Education Test I 100% 100% 98% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Elementary Education Test II 100% 100% 98% 100% 100% 100% 97% 100% 100%
Middle Grades Language Arts 100% 100% 95% 100% 88% 100% 85% 96% 86%
Middle Grades Reading 100%
Middle Grades Mathematics 100% 100% 100% 98% 86% 84% 100% 84% 83%
Middle Grades Science 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 94% 81% 84% 92%
Middle Grades Social Science 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
English Test I 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 93% 75% 87% 83%
English Test II 100% 100% 92% 86% 95% 93% 82% 73% 60%
Mathematics Test I 50% 71% 89% 83% 88% 83% 67%
Mathematics Test II 60% 62% 80% 75% 88% 62% 100%
Biology Test I 0% 75% 100% 100% 100% 89% 77% 100%
Biology Test II 0% 100% 80% 100% 100% 89% 85% 100%
Chemistry Test I 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Chemistry Test II 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 80% 100%
Political Science Test I 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Political Science Test II 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
History Test I 100% 93% 92% 86% 91% 93% 80% 50%
History Test II 100% 92% 100% 96% 85% 87% 73% 0%
Agricultural Education Test I
Agricultural Education Test II
Business Education Test I 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Business Education Test II 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Special Ed Gen Curriculum Test I 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 98% 100% 95% 89%
Special Ed Gen Curriculum Test II 100% 100% 100% 98% 95% 100% 100% 95% 96%
Spec Ed Adapted Curriculum Test I 100%
Spec Ed Adapted Curriculum Test II 100%
Spec Ed Reading Eng L A and Soc Stud 100%
Special Education Math and Science 100%
Media Specialist Test I 100% 60% 83% 100% 100% 89% 83% 95% 100%
Media Specialist Test II 86% 83% 75% 93% 100% 75% 100% 89% 100%
Art Education Test I 0% 0% 43% 88% 62% 43% 25% 86% 0%
Art Education Test II 0% 67% 100% 57% 50% 50% 67% 0%
Music Test I 92% 100% 100% 90% 71% 44% 78% 75% 67%
Music Test II 100% 100% 100% 100% 83% 75% 100% 92%
Health and Physical Ed Test I 100% 100% 100% 100% 92% 82% 100% 100% 100%
Health and Physical Ed Test II 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 94% 100%
Spanish Test I (Reading/Writing) 100% 100% 100% 75% 100% 83%
Spanish Test II (Listening/Speaking) 33% 80% 86% 75% 50% 83%
French Test I (Reading/Writing) 100% 100% 100%
French Test II (Listening/Speaking) 0% 0% 50% 100% 100%
Curriculum and Instruction 100% 92% 100% 96% 100%
Educational Leadership 75% 100% 98% 85% 77% 90% 89% 92%
Instructional Technology 50% 75% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 75%
Educational Leadership 50% 100%