ACARA is responsible for:
A national curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12 in specified learning areas.
A national assessment program aligned to the national curriculum that measures students’ progress.
A national data collection and reporting program that supports:
analysis, evaluation, research and resource allocation; and
accountability and reporting on schools and broader national achievement.
The ACARA Board
The ACARA Board was announced in May 2009. Professor Barry McGaw AO is the Chair of the Board and Mr Tony Mackay is the Deputy Chair of the Board.
ACARA’s governance and advisory structure
ACARA receives directions from the Australian Government, state and territory ministers for education through the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC) and ACARA’s Charter (pdf 56 KB) and a two-year Letter of Expectation (pdf 2.2 MB) (latest versions August 2012).
ACARA’s Charter sets out the Standing Council’s high level priorities for ACARA, with the Letter of Expectation providing greater detail on deliverables expected by ministers within a two-year period. ACARA is supported by a number of advisory groups.