National Teacher Workforce Action Plan - LANTITE trial

Changes to two elements of the existing Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education  (LANTITE; the test) will be trialled in 2023-24 to see if these increase the number of students that meet the test standard. The trial is an action under the National Teacher Workforce Action Plan (Priority Area Two) and will commence from Test Window 4 in September 2023 (when registration opens) and will now finish after Test Window 4 in November 2024*.

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Elements of the trial

Two elements within the existing LANTITE scope will be changed. The first element is to increase the number of test attempts enrolled initial teacher education (ITE) students are permitted. The second element is to provide more detailed feedback for all test candidates. Out of scope for the trial is the standard itself, the content, and delivery of the test.

For the duration of the trial students enrolled in accredited ITE courses in all states or territories will be able to have uncapped attempts. The trial is a test limit amnesty, meaning that candidates who attempted the test during the trial will not have their failed attempts recorded as attempts when the trial ends. If candidates meet the test standard during the trial, it will count for the purpose of meeting the standard. They will also be able to receive improved feedback that explains the Described Proficiency Scale along with the existing statement of results.

Note: In April 2024, Ministers agreed to extend the national trial by one test window. This decision means that the trial will run for the remainder of 2024, and students will continue to receive unlimited test attempts and improved feedback.

Trial eligibility

All states and territories are participating in the trial.

All enrolled students will be eligible for uncapped attempts and receive improved feedback during the trial period. All prospective/unenrolled candidates already receive uncapped attempts, and they will be eligible for improved feedback if they do not meet the standards during the trial.

Candidates who have exhausted all their permitted test attempts while enrolled and are now waiting two years to have their test attempt count reset are also eligible to participate in the trial. These candidates can enrol for the test during the trial no matter how far they are into the two-year window. These candidates will need to contact ACER directly to register for the test by emailing teacheredtest@acer.org. All other students can just register for the test window they want to sit.

Post trial

During the extended trial test window (2024 Test Window 4), interim trial findings covering data up to 2024 Test Window 3 will be provided to Education Ministers who will consider permanent policy changes to the LANTITE. Any decisions made by Ministers based on findings of the trial will be implemented from the first test window in 2025.

More information

Please refer to the LANTITE trial FAQs for more information.