READING... New teachers will be required to take mandatory literacy and numeracy tests from next year. Students like Bute Primary School’s Imogen Trengove are expected to benefit from the initiative. READING... New teachers will be required to take mandatory literacy and numeracy tests from next year. Students like Bute Primary School’s Imogen Trengove are expected to benefit from the initiative.

Putting state’s teachers to the test

FROM next year, all students enrolled in teaching qualifications in South Australia will have to pass a literacy and numeracy test before they graduate.

The move aims to ensure all newly-registered teachers possess literacy and numeracy skills in the top 30 per cent of the population, before they take up a role in the classroom.

Bute Primary School principal Richard Hall said he supported the notion newly-registered teachers should have a proven grounding in the basics of literacy and numeracy, but existing teachers should not be subjected to the test. 

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