Academics

Metric Seven


Metric 7: Scores on Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE)

The table below shows end-of-program student achievement data for the first graduating cohort of SGSC’s new B. S. in Elementary and Special Education program, which enrolled its first class of juniors for fall semester 2019. The data includes scores on the Georgia Public Service Commission’s approved education content tests, the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE). Students must pass these tests to be certified to teach in the State of Georgia. The data also shows student grade point averages upon entry into the program and upon exiting the program.

Table 8

Scores on Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE), with Student Program Entry and Exit Grade Point Averages

Student Name (Redacted)

GACE 003

GACE 004

Program Entry GPA

Program Exit GPA

Student 1

268.0

248.0

3.10

3.53

Student 2

280.0

245.0

3.70

3.82

Student 3

238.0

222.0

3.50

3.75

Student 4

278.0

271.0

4.00

3.98

Student 5

259.0

257.0

3.20

3.61

Student 6

261.0

232.0

3.80

3.88

Student 7

265.0

263.0

3.60

3.65

Student 8

251.0

251.0

3.30

3.62

Student 9

284.0

270.0

3.80

3.88

Student 10

272.0

229.0

3.80

3.89

Student 11

284.0

275.0

3.30

3.57

Student 12

263.0

256.0

3.90

3.94

Student 13

284.0

266.0

3.60

3.64

Student 14

271.0

226.0

3.00

3.37

Student 15

255.0

238.0

3.90

3.91

Student 16

290.0

263.0

3.90

3.96

Student 17

278.0

271.0

3.00

3.51

Average Student Score

269.5

˃ state average

251.9

˃state average

3.55

3.74

Minimum to Pass

220

220

   

Source: Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC); SGSC Banner

Analysis and Evaluation of Metric 7

It is noteworthy that every student in the cohort passed the GACE assessments and that all but one of the students increased his or her SGSC grade point average by the time of graduation from the program. It is also noteworthy that the cohort’s average GACE scores are well above the state minimum passing scores. Finally, it is particularly noteworthy that 100% of the first cohort of program graduates are employed as certified teachers in the State of Georgia. SGSC’s goal is that 100% of each student graduated from the B. S. in Elementary and Special Education program will pass the GACE tests and be certified by the State of Georgia. The minimum threshold of acceptability is that 90% of graduates will pass the GACE within three years of graduation.