How aspiring teachers graduated from college without basic literacy skills and failed a simple test – so could YOU succeed?
- Future Australian teachers pay tutors to help them qualify as educators
- There has been a five percent jump in teachers who did not pass a literacy test from 2016-18
- While tutoring agencies report an increase in teachers looking for their help
Future Australian teachers are struggling to pass a basic literacy test before graduating from college – and paying for tutoring services to qualify.
An increasing number of teachers have contacted independent bodies to guide them through the FTests for literacy and arithmetic of the federal government for initial teacher training (LANTITE).
The LANTITE test contains questions about using punctuation marks, identifying the correct spelling of words and finding the meaning of words or sentences.
Future Australian teachers struggle to pass an elementary literacy test with simple grammar and punctuation rules (stock image)
Cluey Learning tutoring firm has seen more than 750 requests for help in the past four months to prepare teachers for the Herald Sun..
It turned out that many of his students lack basic skills in grammar, punctuation, spelling and fractions.
Tutor Academy teacher Melinda Wood told the Herald Sun that young teachers are using technology.
“They use spell checkers at home to help them, but when they are in exam conditions, they don’t know how to handle it,” she said.
An increasing number of teachers have contacted independent bodies to guide them through the literacy and numerical tests of the federal government for initial teacher training (LANTITE) (stock image)
One of the questions students struggled with was finding the annual income based on the weekly wage.
The reason they couldn’t answer the question was because they didn’t know that many weeks were in a year.
Over the past two years, the success rate for candidates who first took the LANTITE literacy test fell by five percent, from 95.2 percent in 2016 to 90/4 percent in 2018.
The lack of knowledge among prospective teachers has led to calls from the Australian Tutoring Association to introduce the test as an entrance exam for the university.
The LANTITE test contains questions about using punctuation marks, identifying the correct spelling of words and finding the meaning of words or phrases (stock image)
But professor John Munro of the Australian Catholic University said the test does not reflect the students’ overall intelligence and knowledge.
He said that many students passed all subjects except the LANTITE literacy test.
“In other words, they had at least sufficient literacy knowledge and skills for their field, but struggle with the LANTITE version of literacy,” he said.
“The question is whether individuals such as Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso or Winston Churchill were eligible to teach at our schools because they were dyslexic and would probably miss LANTITE.”
Example LANTITE test
1. Jennifer sets goals and works towards them with perseverance. Which word comes closest to perseverance?
2. Which of the following words completes the sentence correctly?
The preparation for each dance was always ____________ because Mrs Kinsella maintained such strict standards; everyone complained but the results spoke for themselves.
A. in the meantime
3. Which of the following words are spelled incorrectly?
4. A word is omitted from the following sentence. Select the word that completes the sentence correctly.
My colleagues who teach other disciplines may be interested in making the Science Week also in their __________ training.
5. A word is omitted from the following sentence. Which of the following words completes the sentence best?
Unfortunately, we have had _____________ responses that we expected.
1. D. perseverance
2. B. duration
3. C. Engreaved
4. C. students
5. B. less