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To: The Australian Government

LANTITE Campaign

Options as follows:

•The removal of LANTITE in its entirety.
• The removal of LANTITE during COVID-19 based on the critical teacher shortage and the fact that ACER cannot keep up with the testing demand via ProctorU.
• Unlimited attempts of the LANTITE in conjunction with point (2 &4)
• To allow all students Nationally to graduate without the LANTITE. It will provide students with the choice to participate in the LANTITE or use their degree for other avenues of study or employment.
• All students who began their degree prior to July 2016 to be exempt from the LANTITE. No student was informed of the LANTITE prior to entering leaving them with a HECS debt of $40,000.00 or more, with no degree and the inability to pay the debt they incurred for a degree they have not received.

Why is this important?

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Education Students [LANTITE] and the administration of LANTITE.

We can understand your frustration given Education and the COVID-19 pandemic; We believe you can understand and appreciate our frustration in regard to the LANTITE and our inability to graduate. As a result, we implore you for your support in removing the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Education Students (LANTITE) administered by ACER.

There are currently a number of petitions to abolish LANTITE in Australia. In total there are 7,854 signatures. This number continues to grow. The removal of LANTITE now, more than ever, is imperative due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effects on both the Australian economy and Education sector specifically.

As a result of these unprecedented times, testing centres are closed and the students only option is to sit the LANTITE test online, for the foreseeable future. As the online version of LANTITE is run by an overseas company (U.S), spaces are limited and the majority of education students are being left without access or alternatives, forced out of their degree and are having their degree’s withheld from them. This is stopping thousands of pre-service teachers from entering the profession, progressing in their education degrees, graduating, and registering. This will not only stop people from graduating and entering the field this year but also delay students in graduating for years to come.

These students have successfully completed the units in their degrees, as well as professional practise in the form of placements. Throughout degrees and placements, the importance of literacy and numeracy is highlighted, and students are graded on their abilities to successfully implement these areas in their teaching.

According to the Australian Education Union, we are facing a federal teacher shortage. In fact, the NSW Secondary Principals Council President Craig Peterson has stated that this year such a shortage will be “critical”. When you add the comments of Prime Minister Scott Morrison “We need more people working" (2020). The ramifications of the LANTITE become crystal clear.

It must be made clear that a standardised test will never successfully measure the quality of an education student. This is why teachers use multiple modes of assessment. Pre-service teachers’ abilities are assessed throughout their degrees and practicums, and as such the need for LANTITE is not valid. It is time for a new way to measure teacher quality. We teachers are constantly participating in professional development to further our understanding and knowledge to better our teaching and student learning and engagement. For four years now, universities across Australia have decided who graduates and who does not which is purely based on the universities individual implementation of LANTITE. There needs to be a blanket effect when it comes to graduating students, that being allowing students to graduate without sitting the test and as a result, not leaving them with a HECS debt of $40,000 or more. Robbery.

There are thousands of qualified, competent teachers who are prevented from graduating and being employed due to LANTITE. These individuals should be teaching, allowing them to graduate and gain teacher registration. This will allow them to seek employment which will not only help the critical teacher shortage being felt across Australia but will also give the economy a much-needed boost in a time where Australia’s unemployment is at a level never seen before.

Below is a list of demands that we are making along with the participants and supporters of the petitions and petition to come.

• The removal of LANTITE in its entirety.
• The removal of LANTITE during COVID-19 based on the critical teacher shortage and the fact that ACER cannot keep up with the testing demand via ProctorU.
• Unlimited attempts of the LANTITE in conjunction with point (2 &4)
• To allow all students Nationally to graduate without the LANTITE. It will provide students with the choice to participate in the LANTITE or use their degree for other avenues of study or employment.
• All students who began their degree prior to July 2016 to be exempt from the LANTITE. No student was informed of the LANTITE prior to entering leaving them with a HECS debt of $40,000.00 or more, with no degree and the inability to pay the debt they incurred for a degree they have not received.

We implore you to support the removal of LANTITE. In doing so, you will be contributing and assisting Australia’s economic return through this pandemic as well as ensuring that our children continue to have access to quality teachers.


Reasons for signing

  • I have graduated and have not been able to sit the LANTITE Numeracy before my initial registration expires due to COVID! VIT is being inflexible causing me much stress and anxiety.
  • Prior to becoming a teacher I wanted to be a doctor. The GAMSAT was an ENTRANCE exam. It meant that we could study for it, know what we were up against if we wanted to graduate, and didn't have to pay for our degree if we couldn't pass the exam. The LANTITE should at the very least be an exam that students can study for, and can sit BEFORE they waste years and thousands of dollars. Otherwise students are messed around and many are left without any options, how demoralising that must be.
  • Because the test doesn’t justify what it means to be a good teacher and is unfairly tested

Updates

2020-05-25 07:01:19 +1000

500 signatures reached

2020-05-22 13:39:24 +1000

100 signatures reached

2020-05-22 13:09:15 +1000

50 signatures reached

2020-05-22 12:57:07 +1000

25 signatures reached

2020-05-22 12:49:48 +1000

10 signatures reached

2020-05-22 12:47:17 +1000

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