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Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) scores only part of the picture for teaching

Linda Graham writes in The Conversation (27 June 2014) that ‘a common debate has resurfaced over teacher quality and the quality of teacher education in Australia. This time it was started by a leaked draft report into teacher education from the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) which the public can’t expect to see for at least another month. Media reports have all focused on one aspect of the wide-ranging report: teaching students’ ATARs.  A story in The Australian claimed that teacher education providers are “contributing to the slide in teacher training quality by accepting very low Year 12 marks”.’  This article questions how much this really tells us about what makes good teachers.

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