Academics

Metric Six

Metric 6: 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 baccalaureate degree program in the Elementary and Special Education program, which enrolled its first class of juniors for the fall semester of 2019. The data includes scores on the Georgia Public Service Commission's approved education content tests and 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 and exit of the program.  

 GACE Assessment Program Completion South Georgia State College  Statewide 
Test  Year Total
Candidates
Candidates
Passed
Pass
Percentage
Total
Candidates
Candidates
Passed
Pass
Percentage
Early Childhood Special Education General Curriculum Test I 2019-21 17 17 100 2845 2467 86.7
2020-22 25 25 100 3253 2834 87.1
2021-23 23 23 100      
Early Childhood Special Education General Curriculum Test II 2019-21 17 17 100 5856 5368 91.7
2020-22 25 25 100 5763 5394 93.6
2021-23 23 23 100      
Note: Statewide scores for 2021-23 will be posted once they are available

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


Analysis and Evaluation of Metric 6

It is noteworthy that every student in the cohort passed the GACE assessments. 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 students who 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.