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Is the ATAR For Teaching Too Low?

Reports of the admission of students with ATARs in the low 50s into NSW teaching degrees have led to public outcry, with some calling for minimum entry requirements to be introduced and raised across the state’s universities. While the median ATAR of students accepted into teacher education courses was in the 60s or 70s, in an ABC article, Teachers Federation president Maurie Mulheron stated that the standard should be higher. So, is the ATAR for teaching too low? And if it was raised, what are the implications? To answer these questions and more, we had Professor Annette Gough from RMIT University.

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