We will improve the learning of all young Australians

NAPLAN Online passes its first test

29 September 2016

ACARA and its partners have undertaken trialling in preparation for the move to NAPLAN online. The results have indicated that NAPLAN online is on track to be implemented from next year and deliver better assessment, more precise results and a faster turnaround of information to those schools going online. 

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ACARA responds to APPA's NAPLAN online trial survey

28 September 2016

ACARA welcomes the results of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) NAPLAN online trial survey. The survey sought feedback from principals of schools participating in the recent platform trial and readiness test (PTRT) of the national online assessment platform.

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"Why Finland is not a blueprint for Australian education"

14 September 2016

Read a comment piece by ACARA’s Board Chair, Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM, in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Release of further work samples to interactive platform

31 August 2016

New work samples for The Arts: Dance, Drama, Media Arts and Music, for Foundation – Year 2, Years 3–4 and Years 5–6, Health and PE for Years 7–8 and 9–10 as well as Work Studies Years 9 and 10 are now available on the Australian Curriculum website’s work samples interactive platform.

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New maths resource released

31 August 2016

Teachers who want support to implement the proficiencies in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics have some additional guidance with the release by ACARA of a new mathematics resource.

The four proficiency areas students are expected to develop in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics – understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning – are explored in this new resource. 

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STEM projects show value of bringing subjects together

31 August 2016

Last year, ACARA partnered with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) to investigate how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education can be better delivered in schools.

Thirteen schools around the country were supported to develop integrated projects, bringing together the STEM subjects. The projects aimed to identify explicit connections for students between classroom learning in STEM and future work/learning opportunities. 

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ACARA - Assessment


We run the National Assessment Program – the national tests students sit in school – including NAPLAN.

We undertake a range of research activities to deliver NAPLAN tests in an online environment in the future.

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