Aspiring teachers will have to prove their literacy and numeracy skills are upt to scratch before they can graduate from university under a plan to improve the quality of educators.
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) is identifying marks that would put a student in the top 30 per cent of the population for literacy and numeracy, Schools Minister Peter Garrett said on Friday.
The institute is also working with the Australian Council of Deans of Education to develop a framework for universities to show their teaching graduates reach the required literacy and numeracy levels.
The achievement levels will be based on senior secondary maths and English subjects.
For example, students entering primary teaching programs would have to achieve the equivalent of NSW Band 4 or higher in HSC English and maths.
If they can't make the grade straight away, they will have to do extra units in literacy and numeracy.
Students will be assessed when they start a course and again before they can graduate.
"These are important developments to ensure we have confidence that our teachers have high levels of literacy and numeracy," Mr Garrett told an Eidos Institute forum in Brisbane.
He also announced AITSL would hold a forum in early 2013 with teacher representatives, universities, regulators and education experts to develop a more rigorous and consistent approach to assessing teaching students' school placements.