ABOUT 5.5% of students who are studying to become teachers failed to meet the required literacy standard and almost 7% did not have the required numeracy skills in the latest test.
Federal Government figures showed almost 4000 teaching students sat a test earlier this year and of those, about one in 18 students did not meet the literacy component and about one in 14 did not meet the numeracy standards.
But these results had improved since last year, Education Minister Simon Birmingham said.
For the 4100 students who sat the test last year in the voluntary trial, 7.7% failed to meet the literacy standard and 9.5% did not have the required numeracy skills.
Mr Birmingham said the test was about ensuring teachers were in the top 30% of the country's adult population for literacy and numeracy skills.
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