Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) was established
1, 2000 by the state law known as the A Plus Education
Act. The mission of GOSA is to provide accountability for all
of Georgia's education system from
prekindergarten through postsecondary
levels that will result in:
Improving student achievement
Improving school completion.
part of this mission, GOSA is proud to present the annual
report on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC).
The GAPSC has the full responsibility for the preparation, certification,
and conduct of the certified, licensed, or permitted personnel
employed in the public schools of the state of Georgia. Its mission is "to
provide a qualified teacher in every classroom by setting and
applying high standards for the preparation, certification, and
continued licensing of Georgia public educators."
To learn more about the GAPSC and teacher certification in Georgia, visit: www.gapsc.com.
2005-2006 Report Card:
report card on GAPSC focuses on two indicators: the pass rates
on the Praxis I and the pass rates on the Praxis II exams. These
exams are used to ensure that individuals who are certified as
educators in Georgia are qualified by showing
mastery of basic skills and specific content for their teaching
field. GOSA reports the results from the 2005-2006 academic year
for these exams at the state level
by each public institution in the University System of Georgia,
and by each private post-secondary institution with a teacher
preparation program. Results are disaggregated by race/ethnicity
and gender. GAPSC provides GOSA with the data.
Pass Rates on the Praxis I
GAPSC uses the Praxis I tests of mathematics, reading, and writing
to assess the basic skills of individuals seeking certification.
As of March
1, 1999 candidates seeking teacher certification in Georgia had to pass all three
tests. Praxis I is considered a pre-professional
skills test. The GAPSC sets the passing scores on the Praxis I
Individuals who hold or have held clear renewable certification, are not
required to take Praxis I. Basically individuals who must pass
the Praxis I exams fall into three categories:
- Undergraduate students seeking admission to college
of education programs;
- Individuals with undergraduate degrees but seeking
- Individuals holding provisional certification.
not all individuals seeking certification need to take the Praxis
I exam. If individuals have earned a qualifying score on certain
tests, then they are exempt from the Praxis I requirement. Candidates
recommended for certification by Georgia institutions must have
either a passing score on the Praxis I exam in reading, mathematics,
and writing or have earned qualifying scores on any of the following
- SAT: minimum score Verbal: 480; Mathematics: 520,
- GRE: minimum score Verbal: 490; Quantitative: 540,
- ACT: minimum score English: 21; Mathematics: 22.
- SAT exemptions: minimum combined verbal and mathematics score of 1000
- GRE exemption: minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 1030
- ACT exemption: minimum combined English and mathematics score of 43
reports the 2005-2006 pass rates on the Praxis I for public and
private post-secondary institutions that the examinees themselves
reported as having attended. The pass rates are presented for
all examinees as well as disaggregated by race/ethnicity and by
Pass Rates on the Praxis II
also uses the Praxis II exams to ensure that Georgia educators are well versed
in their teaching field(s). To be recommended for licensure, a
person must earn satisfactory scores on the Praxis II Subject
Assessments in the appropriate subject area(s) for the certification
sought. Currently there are 58 Praxis II subject area tests. For
a complete listing of tests and their passing scores for licensure,
check out the GAPSC website: http://www.gapsc.com.
each public and private post-secondary institution offering a
teacher preparation program, GOSA reports an overall Praxis II
pass rate. GOSA also includes for each individual institution the
pass rates on the specific content exams taken this past year.
GOSA offers the user the ability to compare institutional pass
rates on a specific content exam. Pass rate data for all examinees
are presented as well as for disaggregations
on the basis of race/ethnicity and of gender. It should be noted
that the listing of exams by institution varies depending upon
whether that institution offers teacher preparation in that area
of certification and upon whether an institution had any student
ready to exit their program and seek certification.