Confidentiality of Information
The GaPSC and ETS take the privacy of our test takers seriously and recognize your right to control the information about you that is stored by them. Our policies are designed to safeguard that information from unauthorized disclosure.
Because of laws protecting confidentiality and privacy, only you can register yourself for a test or make inquiries regarding your registration or test scores.
ETS takes reasonable precautions to protect the integrity of your personal information provided in connection with the registration process, as well as any information generated internally that is specifically pertinent to you, and to keep this information secure.
Your private information will not be made available to anyone but you, ETS, and the GaPSC (including the employees, agents, contractors, or professional advisors of ETS and the GaPSC); the program providers or employing agencies you indicate in your registration; and any program provider, entity, or person required or authorized by law to receive this information.
Your personal information may be disclosed to those third parties that provide services to ETS and the GaPSC, provided that they have contractually agreed to only use the personal information as needed to provide the services.
ETS and the GaPSC will report your scores to you; to the GaPSC; to the educator preparation program provider indicated during registration; and to any provider, entity or person authorized or required by law, inclusive of the GaPSC’s compliance with applicable Open Records Requests, to receive this information.
Any information you provided as a part of registration may be used to report your scores or to contact you regarding test- or program-related issues.
Security and Retention
ETS, the GaPSC, and their service providers shall at all times protect your personal information with operational, administrative, technical, and physical security safeguards.
ETS shall retain scores for 50 years from the test date.
You may at any time:
- request access to and correction of your personal information
- make any inquiries, requests, or complaints in relation to the use of your personal information
- withdraw your consent to the processing of your personal data; however, if you exercise this right, you may not be allowed to take any further tests and your scores may be canceled
Requests, inquiries or complaints should be directed to ETS — GACE® Assessments.
Your score information is intended only for you, the GaPSC, your program provider (if applicable), and your designated score recipients. However, background information, as noted during the registration process, is reported to the state of Georgia and some institutions.
ETS will not release your score information at the request of institutions or agencies except:
- For use in research studies, scoring, and statistical analyses approved by the GaPSC and that preserve your anonymity.
- When information is required under compulsion of legal processes, in which case your score record and the documents you completed that are retained at ETS may be released to third parties, e.g., government agencies, parties to a lawsuit, etc., if requested pursuant to a subpoena or required by applicable laws.
Note: Whenever ETS has confirmed that you have submitted scores directly to an educational institution, agency, or district in satisfaction of one of its requirements, ETS will respond to requests for score verification from that recipient.
Responses may be used for training raters and in new test preparation materials. Test preparation materials demonstrate how the test is administered and the skills that are necessary to succeed. Test-taker information, such as names and addresses, is not included when scoring responses are used for these purposes. Rater training is essential to ensure that tests are scored in a fair and consistent manner. The use of your recorded responses will benefit future test takers by helping to improve the training of raters, just as the scoring of your test will benefit from the use of prior test-takers' recorded responses.