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The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) concluded that while there are examples of excellent teacher education practice in Australia, significant improvement to the content and delivery of teacher education programs is needed (Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group, December 2014). The Australian Government’s response to this report assures swift and decisive action to assure:

  • Stronger quality assurance of teacher education courses
  • Rigorous selection for entry to teacher education courses
  • Improved and structured practical experience for teacher education students
  • Robust assessment of graduates to ensure classroom readiness
  • National research and workforce planning capabilities.

This stimulus paper argues that ‘robust assessment of graduates’ is a core component of ‘stronger quality assurance of teacher education courses’ and makes some suggestions for doing so.