Teachers given 28 attempts to pass test - Times Online
A student was allowed to become a teacher even though it took 28 attempts to pass a basic numeracy test that included questions such as “what is 6.03 multiplied by 100?”.
Figures released in parliament show that many students retake the basic maths and literacy tests required to join the profession several times. In both 2005 and 2006, there was at least one teacher who needed 28 attempts at the numeracy test; for literacy it was 20 and 19 respectively. In each of the last six years, there was at least one student who had to re-take the basic numeracy test more than 20 times, and the literacy test as many as up to 25 times.
Questions from the tests, which are set by the Training and Development Agency for Schools, included: “A pupil scores 18 marks out of 25. What was the score as a percentage?” In the literacy test, candidates are asked to choose the right answer from four alternative spellings for words such as preference, acknowledge and relieved. Options given included releived, releaved and realived.
The tests were introduced in 2000 and, initially, candidates who failed after four attempts were not allowed to qualify as teachers. This rule was relaxed in 2001 after complaints from the profession and students are now allowed unlimited re-takes.