Australian Education Ministers announced the release of the National Professional Standards for Teachers on 9 February 2011. The Standards were endorsed by Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) in late December 2010.
The development of the Standards are seen as a crucial milestone in the national education reforms of Australia.
The Standards aim to promote excellence in teaching and provide a nationally consistent basis for recognising quality teaching. They make explicit what teachers should know, be able to do and what is expected of effective teachers across their career.
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Tony Mackay, chairman of AITSL, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, writing in The Australian: Teachers Make a Difference
Justine Ferrari of The Australian: What happens next is critical