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2016 NAP – Civics and Citizenship report released

13 December 2017

Student performance nationally in Civics and Citizenship for 2016 has remained stable for Year 6, but Year 10 student performance has fallen, a report released today shows. 

The National Assessment Program (NAP) – Civic and Citizenship assessment tests students’ knowledge of important civics and citizenship issues. This test is held every three years in a sample of schools across the country. 

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Release of NAPLAN 2017 National Report

13 December 2017

ACARA has released the 2017 NAPLAN National Report, which confirms the findings of the preliminary NAPLAN results released in August.

“This was the tenth year of NAPLAN, and since 2008, we have seen some improvement across all year levels in most domains,” said ACARA CEO, Robert Randall.

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ACARA's data portal updated

06 December 2017

Today ACARA has updated the National Report on Schooling Data Portal, which allows interactive access to various national data sets for schooling. Some existing data sets have been refreshed with more recent data, and some new data sets have been added, including a dashboard of key performance measures for schooling in Australia.

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Digital Technologies in focus: update

11 December 2017

Over the past six months, ACARA’s Digital Technologies in focus project lead, Julie King, along with other members of the DTiF team, has been travelling around Australia delivering workshops to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.

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Response to article in The Conversation

24 November 2017

Read ACARA’s response to an article in The Conversation about standardised tests being ‘culturally biased against rural students’.

National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions

26 September 2017

As part of the National STEM School Education Strategy, ACARA and the NSW Department of Education are developing National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions for use by teachers in the classroom.

The learning progressions are an important tool to assist teachers in implementing the Australian Curriculum for English and Mathematics.

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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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