Posted December 01, 2015 01:09:32

Map: Australia

About 10 per cent of teaching students failed to meet required requirements of literacy and numeracy, final results from a trial exam show.

About five,000 students sat the test, which is designed to make sure teaching graduates are in the top 30 per cent of Australians when it comes to literacy and numeracy.

Of the students who took component, 92 per cent passed the literacy test and 90 per cent passed the numeracy test.

The testing was carried out in capital cities, as nicely as in Albury in New South Wales and Ballarat in Victoria.

If the final results from the pilot study were replicated nationally, potentially 1,800 teaching graduates last year would have failed to make the grade.

The test will be mandatory from July subsequent year and students will have to pass prior to they can graduate and go on to perform in a classroom.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the findings justify the Government’s focus on teacher top quality.

“Parents, principals, all stakeholders in college education ought to have complete confidence that graduates from our universities with teaching qualifications are among some of the greatest and brightest in the land,” Senator Birmingham stated.

“We’re actually putting it on the universities who are coaching our teachers to make sure they have self-assurance in the capabilities of teachers before they graduate.

“We believe that it is fairly fair and reasonable that universities, as the providers of teaching graduates, ought to be providing teaching graduates that are of the highest achievable common.”

From next year, it will be up to universities to make a decision regardless of whether to set the test as an entry requirement or to provide it throughout teaching training.

Topics: education, teachers, australia, albury-2640, ballarat-3350

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