If yours"re ready to start teaching in Georgia, REA has the GACE test prep you need! REArs"s GACE Early Childhood Education (001, 002) Test Prep with TestWare ® CD Puts Georgia Teachers in a Class of Their Own! New! First Edition!REArs"s newest addition to our GACE (Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators) test prep library helps you get one step closer to teaching in a Georgia classroom. This test prep is perfect for teacher candidates, students, out-of-state teachers, and career-changing professionals who are seeking a Georgia teaching license. Completely aligned with the most recent GACE exams, our test prep targets exactly what you need to know so you can study with confidence and succeed on exam day. Written by Georgia educator experts, the comprehensive review chapters cover all subject areas tested on the official exams, including: * Educational Psychology * Human Growth and Development * Classroom Management * Instructional Design and Delivery Techniques and * Evaluation and Assessment The book includes two full-length multiple-choice practice exams to help you test your skills and focus on areas in need of improvement. Our detailed explanations of answers allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses while testing your teaching knowledge. The enhanced TestWare ®CD includes both practice exams in a timed format with automatic scoring, on-screen detailed answer explanations, and diagnostic feedback. Our timed exam format gives you the closest experience to taking the actual GACE.This complete test prep package includes a customized study schedule and REArs"s test-taking strategies and tips. This book is a must for anyone seeking certification as teacher in Georgia! REA books and software have proven to be the extra support teacher candidates need to pass their challenging test for state licensure. Our comprehensive test preps are teacher-recommended and written by experts in the field.
About the Authors
Judith F. Robbins, Ph.D serves as the chair of the Early Childhood Education B.S. Ed. program in the Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. She earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University in Language and Literacy Education and has taught at Georgia Southern since 1991. Dr. Robbins is an associate professor of Early Childhood Education and teaches courses in the language arts, including the reading, writing and children’s literature methods courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She also supervises student teachers and interns in a number of field-based courses, and works with area schools in a variety of capacities. She is actively involved in a number of organizations, including the Eastern Educational Research Association, an affiliate of the American Educational Research Association, where she serves as chair of Professional Development, Division 9. Dr. Robbins frequently presents at national and international conferences.
Julie Garlen Maudlin, Ed.D., is an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education at Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro, Georgia, where she teaches courses in P12 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Dr. Maudlin is a former elementary school teacher and instructional coach, and is certified as a K5 educator by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. She lives in Southeast Georgia with her husband, Chris, and their three children.
Susan T. Franks, Ed.D., is an associate professor of Early Childhood Education and serves as the chair of the Early Childhood Education M.Ed. program in the Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. She earned her Ed.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Franks teaches courses in the language arts, including reading and children’s literature methods courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She also supervises student teachers and interns in a number of field-based courses and works with classroom teachers in an ongoing program of consultant work. She is actively involved in a number of organizations including the Eastern Educational Research Association, an affiliate of the American Educational Research Association, where she serves as chair of Human Development, Division 3. Dr. Franks is frequently presents at national and international conferences.
About This Book and TestWare®
REA’s GACE Early Childhood Education (001, 002) assessment is a comprehensive guide designed to assist you in preparing to take this GACE assessment. To help you to succeed in this important step toward your teaching career in Georgia schools, this test prep features:
• An accurate and complete overview of the GACE Early Childhood Education (001, 002) assessment • The information you need to know about the exam • A targeted review of each subarea • Tips and strategies for successfully completing standardized tests • Diagnostic tools to identify areas of strength and weakness • Two full-length, true-to-format practice tests based on the most recently administered GACE Early Childhood Education (001, 002) assessment • Detailed explanations for each answer on the practice tests. These allow you to identify correct answers and understand not only why they are correct but also why the other answer choices are incorrect.
When creating this test prep, the authors and editors considered the most recent test administrations and professional standards. They also researched information from the Georgia Department of Education, professional journals, textbooks, and educators. The result is the best GACE test preparation materials based on the latest information available.
About Test Selection The GACE assessments are offered during morning and afternoon test sessions. Each test session is four hours in length. The morning session has a reporting time of 7:45 A.M. and ends at approximately 12:30 P.M. The afternoon session has a reporting time of 1:00 P.M. and ends at approximately 5:45 P.M. You may select tests for a single test session or for both the morning and afternoon test sessions.
The number of tests you may register to take in one test session is determined by the assessment(s) for which you are registering. Each assessment consists of one or more tests. Because you are registering for an assessment that includes multiple tests, you may take one or two Early Childhood Education tests in the same test session.
About the GACE Early Childhood Education Assessment The purpose of the GACE Early Childhood Education test is to assess the knowledge and skills of prospective Georgia Early Childhood teachers in the areas of Reading and English Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Health, Physical Education and the Arts. The GACE Early Childhood Education assessment actually contains two tests:
• Test I—Test Code 001: Reading and English Language Arts: (approximately 40 selected response questions and one constructed-response question) Social Studies: (approximately 20 selected-response questions and one constructed-response question)
• Test II—Test Code 002: Mathematics: (approximately 25 selected-response questions and one constructed-response question) Science: (approximately 20 selected-response questions and one constructed-response question) Health, Physical Education, and the Arts: (approximately15 selected-response questions and no constructed-response question)
What Does the Test Cover? The table on pages 4–5 lists the objectives used as the basis for the GACE Early Childhood Education assessment and the approximate number of questions in both Tests I and II. A thorough review of all the specific skills tested on the exams is the focus of this book.
How Is the GACE Early Childhood Education Test Scored? Your total raw score is converted to a scaled score. A scaled score is a combination of the number of scorable questions you answered correctly on the selected-response section of the test and the scores you received on any constructed-response assignments and then converted to a scale from 100 to 300. The score of 220 is the passing score for any GACE test. The passing score for each test is established by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and is based on the professional judgments and recommendations of Georgia educators. “Pass” or “Did Not Pass” status is based on your total score for each test. If you met the passing score, your total test scaled score is not reported in order to preclude the use of GACE scores for purposes other than Georgia educator certifi cation (e.g., employment, college admission screening).
The passing scaled score for each part is 220. There is no composite or combining both tests. Each must be passed individually.
When Will I Receive My Score Report and What Will It Look Like? Your scores are reported directly to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and are automatically added to your certification application file. Your scores are also reported to the Georgia institution of higher education or other agency that you indicated when you registered.
The score report is for your information only and you are not to submit it with your application for certification. Of course, as with any important document, you should keep a copy for your permanent records.
Unofficial test scores are posted on the Internet at 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time on the score report dates listed onhttp://www.gace.nesinc.com/GA4_testdates.asp.
For each test date, the unofficial scores are kept on the Internet for approximately two weeks. For security reasons, you may only view these scores once during the posting period.
Can I Retake the Test? If you wish to retake a test, you may do so at any subsequent test administration. Please consult the GACE Website atwww.gace.nesinc.comfor information about test registration. The GACE website also includes information regarding test retakes and score reports.
Who Administers the Test? The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) has contracted with Evaluation Systems to assist in the development and administration of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE). The GACE tests are aligned with state and national standards for educator preparation and with state standards for the pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade student curriculum (Georgia Performance Standards).
For additional information you can contact: GACE Program Evaluation Systems Pearson P.O. Box 660 Amherst, MA 01004-9002
(800) 523-7064 or (413) 256-2894
For operator assistance, call 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
When Should I Take the Test? Georgia law requires that teachers demonstrate mastery of basic skills, professional knowledge, and the content area in which they are specializing. To receive information on upcoming administrations of the GACE Early Childhood Education assessment, consult the GACE website atwww.gace.nesinc.com.
Do I Pay a Registration Fee? To take the GACE, you must pay a registration fee. For the latest information about the fees, log on tohttp://www.gace.nesinc.com/GA4_testfees.asp
When Should I Start Studying? It is never too early to start studying for the GACE Early Childhood Education assessment. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills. Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study because it does not allow you the time you need to think about the content, review the subareas, and take the practice tests.
What Should I Study First? We strongly recommend that you begin your preparation with the TestWare® tests. The software provides the added benefits of instant, accurate scoring and enforced time conditions.
What Do the Review Sections Cover? The targeted review in this book is designed to help you sharpen the skills you need to succeed on the GACE Early Childhood Education assessment, as well as provide strategies for answering the questions.
Each teaching area included in the GACE Early Childhood Education assessment is examined in a separate chapter. The skills required for all areas are extensively discussed to optimize your understanding of what the examination covers.
Your schooling has taught you most of the information you need to answer the questions on the test. The education classes you took should have provided you with the knowhow to make important decisions about situations you will face as a teacher. The review sections in this book are designed to help you fit the information you have acquired into the objectives specified on the GACE. Going over your class notes and textbooks together with the reviews provided here will give you an excellent springboard for passing the examination.