The Georgia Center for Assessment (GCA), headquartered in Athens, GA, offers a comprehensive suite of educational instruction and assessment solutions for schools, school districts, and states. As part of the College of Education at the University of Georgia, we function as a bridge between the research community at UGA and all learners (students, parents, and educators). GCA provides products and services that range from test design, test development, calibration and psychometric services through print production, distribution, scanning, scoring, reporting and design to professional development  and data analysis services for educational entities in the K-12 market.

Our Vision

The vision of the Georgia Center for Assessment is to serve as an agent of change by leading and engaging students, teachers, schools, and districts in the state of Georgia and across the nation to explore and utilize innovative approaches to assessment, instruction, and data analysis that impact student learning and achievement as well as professional growth for educators.

Our Mission

The mission of the Georgia Center for Assessment is to lead educators in the creation, use, and analysis of both formative and summative assessments serving our various stakeholders to inform decision-making, guide instructional practice, and improve student learning and achievement.

Core Values

Our core values are the foundation and basic principles that influence our daily decisions and actions, helping us to realize our shared vision and accomplish our mission. Understanding and demonstrating these values is the shared responsibility of each and every GCA employee. This organization will recognize and reward individuals whose exceptional performance clearly reflects their ongoing commitment to these values:

Excellence in Customer Service

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

– Aristotle

We exist to serve the students, parents, teachers, schools, districts, and educational agencies in the state of Georgia and across the nation. To continuously pursue excellence in meeting the needs and expectations of those that we serve, we will:

  • Appreciate and celebrate the impact our organization has on learning and achievement
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of service and support
  • Endeavor to understand the needs of our customers and clients as we work hard to deliver services that meet those needs
  • Foster an environment where service and support are delivered in a friendly, professional, and timely manner
  • Encourage our customers to become advocates for GCA

Our People are Our Greatest Asset

“Relationships are the glue that holds team members together.”

– John Maxwell

An open, positive, and professional work environment where employees are recognized and respected is essential to our success. To this end we will:

  • Empower everyone in GCA to make the decisions and take the necessary actions to perform their jobs in support of the established GCA strategic plans and processes
  • Foster an environment of employee involvement and ownership in the organization
  • Provide personal and professional development in support of organizational directions
  • Consider individual career development a top priority
  • Pursue fair and market-based compensation and strive for the retention of quality staff

Teamwork and Communication

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

– Vince Lombardi

We recognize that the only way our shared goals can be achieved is through teamwork, communication, and cooperation—that people are the key to our success—and that everyone is on the team. Therefore, we will:

  • Recognize that our success is dependent upon the collective energy and commitment of ALL team members
  • Work constructively together and openly share information
  • Recognize that team members are both internal and external to GCA
  • Value and respect each individual as an integral part of a team
    • Team leaders and management will actively seek and consider input from team members and their staff
    • Team participants and staff will actively provide input on initiatives, plans, and policies to their team leaders and management
  • Support and follow team and organizational decisions once they have been established

A Winning Attitude

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

~Winston Churchill

To be truly successful requires more than technical abilities, it requires a winning attitude; therefore, we will exhibit:

  • A positive and constructive demeanor
  • An eagerness to serve our customers and solve problems
  • A desire to see one’s team and organization succeed
  • A willingness to actively resolve conflict in a positive and professional manner

Innovation

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Innovative organizations create more efficient work processes and have better productivity and performance. In order to anticipate and meet the changing needs of our customers and the market, and to increase the success of GCA, changing or creating more effective processes, we will:

  • Value change
  • Embrace new ideas and concepts
  • Foster an environment of creativity
  • Take a risk – risk is a part of innovation

Integrity

“Integrity is doing what you said you would do, when you said you would do it and how you said you would do it.”

– Byrd Baggett

To earn the trust, confidence and respect of the people that we serve, we will:

  • Demonstrate high business ethical values
  • Assume responsibility for own actions
  • Communicate openly, honestly, and constructively
  • Build trust by understanding, supporting, and sharing organizational decisions
  • Develop individual accountability

Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Improvement

“He who moves not forward, goes backward.”

– Goethe

In order to efficiently and effectively use resources and to improve the success of GCA we will:

  • Deliver services of superior value
  • Embrace and actively support sound strategic planning and project management practices
  • Be accountable at all levels for the timely delivery of services and projects
  • Ensure the proper and best use of resources
  • Embrace constructive change as an opportunity for continuous improvement
  • Take responsibility for our own success and failure
  • Celebrate success, and see failure as an opportunity for growth