In response to the Federal Government's proposed introduction of a literacy test for pre-service teachers, ALEA National President Grant Webb has announced the commissioning of a major research study that will canvass the profession’s opinion about the literacy skills that a graduate needs to be a teacher in the 21st century. ALEA spokesperson Associate Professor Beryl Exley said, “We don’t argue against the notion of establishing a publicly accountable common benchmark or a set of standards for graduate teachers’ literacy skills, but we do believe that any assessment should be an accurate and fair representation of what it means to be literate in the 21st century.
"At the moment, the draft AITSL assessment suggests that personal literacy counts as reading comprehension and print-based editing skills. National and international educational research has long advocated for a more contemporary definition of literacy, so we’re interested in seeking the voices and opinions of the teachers on this matter."
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