Computer literacy test example

January 29, 2008

The State of Georgia has a vetting process for new teachers that includes subject matter tests and general knowledge tests, including a computer literacy test. I was curious, is this a good measure of computer literacy (albeit with a slant toward the education profession). And, could an IT professional “pass” the test?

Do you know how to use a spreadsheet? (assuming Excel is “The Spreadsheet”) Can you plan a multimedia presentation?

According to their website:”The GACE are criterion-referenced, objective-based assessments designed to measure a candidate’s knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The tests were developed in consultation with committees of Georgia educators, educator preparation faculty, and other content and assessment specialists. Test questions were reviewed and approved by committees of Georgia educators. The passing score for each test is established by the PSC and is based on the professional judgments and recommendations of Georgia educators.”

The computer literacy test guide (PDF):

“The GACE Computer Skill Competency assessment is an Internet-based test (IBT) that is designed to enable individuals and school districts to satisfy the legislated computer competency requirement for educators. Registration and testing for this assessment is provided by authorized Georgia schools, school districts, Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs), and Educational Technology Training Centers (ETTCs). The Computer Skill Competency assessment is a single test that consists of selected-response questions.”


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