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The OECD Education Today blog has a new article by deputy director Andreas Schleicher entitled "What teachers know and how that compares with college graduates around the world".

Given some of the wilder comments about Australian teachers' maths and literacy skills, Schleicher's article, and the graph, give food for thought.

The graph below shows scores on maths performance by teachers from 20+ countries and compares their scores with the scores of graduates from all disciplines.

While there are lots of good arguments for improving the maths abilities of all graduates, including teachers, and for developing better tests of maths ability, this data must make us question the glib criticisms of Australian teachers made by some people who should know better.

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