Changes to be trialled for the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)

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The National Teacher Workforce Plan (the Action Plan) sets out a clear pathway to addressing the national issue of teacher workforce shortages.

As part of the Action Plan, Education Ministers have agreed to trial an increase in the LANTITE test limits and improved feedback for test candidates. The national trial will consider if these changes increase the number of students that pass the test.

Prior to graduation, all Australian initial teacher education students are expected to sit the LANTITE test to demonstrate they have been assessed as being in the top 30 per cent of the adult population for personal literacy and numeracy. The test provides a nationally consistent way to assess aspects of an individual’s personal literacy and numeracy skills.

The trial will commence from 26 September 2023 and finish in August 2024

About the trial

The changes to LANTITE to be trialled include:

  • increasing the number of test attempts enrolled initial teacher education students are permitted
  • providing more detailed feedback for all test candidates.

After the trial, the findings will be provided to Education Ministers who will consider any further policy changes to LANTITE or whether to extend the trial.

All states and territories are participating in the trial. This means all test candidates including enrolled and unenrolled students and those that have previously exhausted all test attempt limits, are eligible for increased test attempts and improved feedback.

Prospective students already have unlimited test attempts but will receive improved feedback under the trial.

For more information on trial eligibility and requirements, visit the LANTITE trial web page on the department’s website.

More information

To find out more and how to register for the test, visit the LANTITE trial web page on the department’s website.

Correct at time of publication.