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So one of the more pressing concerns on the minds of so many of my cohort members in the English Education department is the GACE test. Georgia has recently switched their certification test from the Praxis II to the GACE (Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators). I, along with many of my peers, will be among the first group to take this new test on November 16th. There is, not surprisingly, a dearth of information available for this new test and many of us feel that we are at a disadvantage because of this. For once, I almost envy the people who are taking the GRE within the next few months. At least they have some idea of what it is they should expect and have the ability to locate preparatory materials, should they choose to do so.
The GACE website does provide a few sample questions for their multiple choice and constructed response sections, so I suppose it’s unfair of me to say that they’ve left us completely in the dark. But, honestly, looking at some of these questions, I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. I honestly think that my little sister could take that test and pass it right now. I just don’t know how they think that this test is going to be any kind of indicator as to how successful aspiring teachers are going to be in the classroom.
The term ‘superhighway’ has similar meanings and applications in the fields of transportation and:
a. information technology
c. political science
The fiction of Amy Tan, Jamaica Kincaid and Bharati Mukherjee frequently examine which of the following themes?
a. the devastation of war and its aftermath
b. the expanding influence of science and technology
c. the hypocrisy and corruption of government
d. the nature of the experience of some recent immigrants
As, future educators ourselves, it seems as though the designers of the GACE should be fairly cognizant of the inherent problems of a test like this. I think that the DOE really needs to take a second look at what the GACE purports to test and what it actually does test. Ahh.. what a great model for sound assessment procedures.