The Importance Of Testing Teaching Students On Their Literacy And Numeracy

969 WordsMar 31, 20164 Pages
For decades, a completed teaching degree is all that has been required for a pre-service teacher to transition into a successful and effective educator. More recently, Australia has joined the ranks of countries around the world in a trial of nationalised literacy and numeracy tests to be undertaken by pre-service teachers prior to their final registration and qualification. Though implemented to support a nationalised standard for literacy and numeracy skills (and only those skills) and create a more effective brand of teacher, there are those who question the real benefit of these tests in preparing these teachers for a career in the classroom. With a trial pass rate of 92 per cent, “Stewart Riddle argues that: “there is little evidence to suggest that testing teaching students on their literacy and numeracy will have any impact on the quality of teaching and learning in Australian classrooms” (Riddle,2015) and begs the question; is this testing necessary? In recent years, the average Australian university entrance score for education students has dropped dramatically. As a result, parents and politicians around the country have voiced concerns surrounding the quality of future educators Australia will produce. In order to counteract these concerns, pre-service teachers are now required to sit a final literacy, numeracy and science focused exam as a final hurdle for their teacher registration. These exams are designed to set and ensure a nationalised standard for literacy
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