Teachers to be tested on numeracy and literacy

JUST like they are back in school themselves, trainee teachers in NSW will be forced to sit strenuous tests before they are allowed to set them.

NSW will be the first state to roll out the extra numeracy and literacy tests under a new strategy launched by Education Minister Adrian Piccoli on Wednesday.

Trials will be trialled at NSW universities in the next few months and enforced across the state by mid-next year.

While the test will be complex, university students will be allowed to sit the tests as many times as necessary.

Mr Picolli said in a statement NSW "already had great teachers" and the testing was about improving the quality of teaching for the next generation.

He told the ABC lawyers, accountants and doctors were tested in a similar fashion in their vital professions and teachers should be no different.

The online tests were developed by the Australian Council for Education and will be available online from August.



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