Chief Executive Officer
Mr Robert Randall
Robert Randall has been Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) since November 2012.
Robert brings significant experience and success in curriculum, assessment and reporting projects to this role. This experience has been gained at both state and national levels and has ranged from program design through to
He has worked at ACARA since 2009 and was previously Deputy CEO and General Manager, Curriculum, of ACARA. In the
lead-up to the establishment of ACARA, Robert was General Manager of the Interim National Curriculum Board.
Robert began his career as a teacher of mathematics in Perth before holding a range of positions within and beyond schools in Western Australia. In 1996 Robert was appointed Director, Curriculum, with the NSW Board of Studies, and in 2001 took up the position of Director of Curriculum K–12 with the NSW Department of Education and Training.
General Manager, Assessment and Reporting
Dr Stanley Rabinowitz
Dr Stanley Rabinowitz commenced his role as General Manager for Assessment and Reporting at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) in July 2014. Some of his key responsibilities involve managing the national assessment programs (NAPLAN and NAP sample), national data reporting, including the My School website, and utilising his experience to launch NAPLAN online in Australia in 2017.
Dr Rabinowitz has joined ACARA after serving as Senior Program Director of WestEd’s Assessment & Standards Development Services (ASDS), a program of national scope with more than 100 staff throughout the USA. In that role, he served as Director of the national Center for Standards and Assessments Implementation (CSAI) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Project Management Partner (PMP).
Dr Rabinowitz has consulted extensively on standards, assessment and school/educator accountability issues with researchers, policymakers and assessment staff at national, state and district levels in the USA. Through his involvement in more than a dozen state and national technical advisory committees and the role he served in the CSAI, Dr Rabinowitz is very familiar with the standards and assessment system challenges and constraints faced by states and districts. He also has experience in supporting states as they design and implement new standards, assessment and accountability systems.
Dr Rabinowitz was also a member of the Common Core State Standards national validation committee. Prior to joining WestEd, Dr Rabinowitz served as State Assessment Director for the New Jersey Department of Education.
Dr Rabinowitz received his PhD in Educational Psychology and Statistics from the State University of New York at Albany, New York, USA.
Dr Fiona Mueller
A teacher of English, French, German, Italian and history for over 20 years, Dr Fiona Mueller has been involved with schools in government and non-government sectors in Australia and overseas.
Fiona began in the profession as a high school teacher in Sydney, moving through a series of curriculum development and leadership roles to policy responsibilities at the NSW Board of Studies. Close work with schools and teachers inspired her to undertake doctoral research into the history and contemporary provision of single-sex public schooling in Australia.
Fiona’s interests include English literacy standards and the place of foreign languages in Australian education. Her background makes her particularly keen to ensure that the curriculum supports young learners’ transition through the various stages of schooling, providing effective ways of measuring their preparedness for tertiary study, the workplace and post-school life. Most recently, in addition to teaching undergraduates and postgraduates at the Australian National University, Fiona was Acting Head of ANU College, the pathway institution for international students.