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How good are your skills in literacy and numeracy? They may not be as strong as you think – research shows around 44% of Australians are ‘below-proficient’ in literacy, which means they lack basic skills required for everyday life. We are worse off when it comes to numeracy: around 54% of Australians have below-proficient skills.
Literacy and numeracy came into the spotlight in 2015 when tests showed one in 10 student teachers were failing to meet literacy and numeracy standards, and again in 2017 when global literacy and numeracy tests saw Australian education ranked 39 out of 41 of our peers overseas.
It is now required that student teachers pass a national literacy and numeracy test before being allowed to graduate, called the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). The 2018 LANTITE revealed 9.6% of student teachers didn’t meet the required standard of literacy, and 10% didn’t meet the standard for numeracy.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to pass the same test? Try these sample questions from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and see!
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