Frequently Asked Questions About the Georgia Ethics Assessments
- What are the Georgia Ethics assessments?
The Georgia Ethics assessments are a training and assessment program composed of a series of modules that combine instruction and testing. They are composed of two assessments:
- the Georgia Educator Ethics assessment
- the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership assessment
The goal of each assessment is to help teachers and educational leaders become familiar with, understand, and apply the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators, as well as comprehend and embrace the principles of ethical decision making in an educational context.
- What is the format and length of each assessment?
The Georgia Ethics assessments consist of seven interactive modules that instruct through video, gaming, and self-guided learning. Five of the modules include an end-of-module test with immediate feedback as well as an end-of-course, or summative test.
Each module is designed to take no more than 30 minutes to complete; however, candidates may take as much time as they like.
- Will candidates have to take the assessments to achieve certification?
Georgia Educator Ethics: Yes, with one exception. If they completed a state-approved educator preparation program by December 31, 2014, they are exempt from passing the Georgia Educator Ethics assessment if all certification application materials were received by the GaPSC’s Certification Division by March 1, 2015.
If they are a teacher candidate entering a state-approved traditional or non-traditional educator preparation program for an initial teaching field, they must also pass the Georgia Educator Ethics assessment (360) prior to completion of your program to achieve certification.
Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership: All candidates admitted (enrolled and taking classes) to any GaPSC-approved Educational Leadership program (non-tiered program or the new tiered model) on or after July 1, 2016, must pass the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership assessment (380) prior to becoming enrolled. A candidate who completes this program entry requirement for Tier I does not have to complete it again for Tier II.
All candidates completing any GaPSC-approved Educational Leadership program (non-tiered program or the new tiered model) on or after July 1, 2016, must pass the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership assessment (380) prior to completion and must pass the assessment to earn certification in the field of Educational Leadership. A candidate who passes Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership for Tier I certification does not have to pass it again for Tier II certification.
- How are the assessments given?
The Georgia Ethics assessment are computer delivered via the web-based Georgia Ethics assessment system. Candidates may take this assessment with their computer or tablet from home, or anywhere they have Internet access, by logging into the secure web service and completing the modules online.
- When are they offered?
There are no specific testing dates or testing windows for these assessments. They can be taken at any time after eligibility has been granted. As a program provider, you may be able to advise your candidates about when they are ready to take the assessments.
- How much do they cost?
Test Fee Georgia Educator Ethics (360) $30 Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership (380) $40
All Georgia Ethics test fees are nonrefundable.
Candidates have five attempts to pass each end-of-module test. If passing status is not achieved by the fifth attempt, their access to the Georgia Ethics assessment system will be revoked. To regain access, they will need to pay another test fee.
- Where do candidates take the assessments?
Candidates can take the assessments with their home computer or tablet anywhere they have Internet access. The assessments are delivered via the Georgia Ethics assessment system. After candidates complete or update their MyPSC account on the GaPSC website and enter their reason for testing, their eligibility will be confirmed, and they will receive an email giving them access to this system.
- How do candidates register?
After candidates create or update their MyPSC account on the GaPSC website and indicate their reason for testing, their profile and eligibility information will be sent to ETS. ETS will then send the candidate an email that includes a link to the Georgia Ethics assessment system where they can register to take the assessment.
- What test preparation is available?
See available resources and tips for test takers.
- Can test takers see their scores?
Test takers can view their scores after each end-of-module test and under "My History" in their Georgia Ethics assessment system accounts. Scores will be available under "My History" for 30 days after completion of the assessment.
- How do test takers know if they passed?
The assessments are reported as "Passed" or "Not Passed."
Once they have successfully passed the assessments, they will be able to print a certificate that indicates their status.
For more information, see Scores.
- How do candidates send scores to their program providers?
Scores are automatically sent to the GaPSC.
Scores for candidates will automatically be sent to their program provider. They do not need to add their program provider as a score recipient.