From 2019, all students enrolled in teaching qualifications in South Australia will be required to pass a test before they graduate, demonstrating that they have literacy and numeracy skills in the top 30% of the population.
The move will ensure that all newly registered teachers have a proven grounding in the basics of literacy and numeracy before taking up a role in the classroom.
Passing the test, known as the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE), will now be a prerequisite for all teaching students who are yet to graduate.
The requirement was previously only applied to those commencing a teaching degree from 2017.
It follows an agreement between the Education Department and SA’s Teachers Registration Board, in consultation with the Deans of Education at the four South Australian tertiary institutions that provide initial teacher education programs.
Education Minister John Gardner said the requirement is a key element of delivering the State Government’s Literacy Guarantee.
“Our children and young people deserve the highest quality teaching,” said Minister Gardner.
“For teachers to identify areas of need and to teach literacy and numeracy successfully, they must have a grounding in the basics themselves.
“This agreement ensures that every new graduate teacher has a proven knowledge of literacy and numeracy.
“This move brings us into line with the eastern states, and fulfils another election commitment for the Marshall Liberal Government.
“We are very pleased that the Board has backed the Government’s policy and helped to deliver this promise so quickly.”
The four tertiary institutions who deliver initial teacher education programs in South Australia are the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, University of South Australia and Tabor College.
For more information on the agreement and LANTITE testing visit education.sa.gov.au.