ACARA Freedom of Information Disclosure Log

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FOI-DisclosureLog
 
 Publicly available information released following an FOI access request

ACARA is required by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 s11C to publish a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to an FOI access request. This requirement has applied since 1 May 2011.
 
The disclosure log requirement does not apply to:
  • personal information about any person if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’

  • information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’

  • other information covered by a determination made by the Australian Information Commissioner if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’, and

  • any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above dot points.

The information described in this disclosure log has been released by ACARA under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, and is available for public access.
 
To obtain a copy of any of this information, please send your request:
 
By post             FOI coordinator
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
Level 10
255 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
By email           FOI@acara.edu.au
 
Please include the FOI reference number, the date of access and the information you are requesting.
 
A charge may be imposed to reimburse ACARA for the cost incurred in copying or reproducing the information or sending it to you. There will be no charge for the time spent by ACARA in processing the FOI request that led to this information being made available. You will be notified if any charge is payable and will be required to pay the charge before the information is provided.
 
Information referred to in ACARA’s disclosure log will generally be removed after 12 months, unless the information has enduring public value.
 
ACARA will publish information in its disclosure log within 10 working days after the date that the applicant is given access to the
document(s).
 
 
TRIM folder
Date of access
FOI request
(in summary form)
Documents released to applicants
Documents publicly available
F11/24-27
2 May 2011
The minutes of all Board meetings of ACARA between June 2010 and February 2011.
ACARA released 8 redacted Board minutes. There were 3 draft minutes which were not released as, at that time, the draft minutes were not approved by the Board.
All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F11/24-27
6 May 2011
The minutes of all Board meetings of ACARA between
1 January 2010 and 24 February 2011.
ACARA released 11 redacted Board minutes. There were 5 draft minutes which were not released as, at that time, the draft minutes were not approved by the Board.
All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F11/2363-2
2 March 2012
  • The methodology and measurement model used to calculate scaled NAPLAN test scores; and

  • An example of how this is applied.

ACARA released a redacted copy of the Draft NAPLAN 2009 Central Analysis Technical Report.
All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F11/2363-6
20 April 2012
Any report or document or presentation which is an overview and/or analysis of the 2010 school financial data added to the My School website in February 2012.
 
ACARA released:
  • 2010 National Finance Data for My School 2012

  • summary statistics – All schools in financial data

  • My School key messages (summary); and

  • My School key messages (detailed).

All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F11/2363-5
27 April 2012
Information about how the measurement model is incorporated to equate 2008 and 2009 NAPLAN tests.
 ACARA released:
  • a redacted copy of the Draft NAPLAN 2009 Central Analysis Technical Report; and

  • NAPLAN 2008 score equivalency tables.

All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F11/2363-9
24 October 2012
NAPLAN score equivalence tables for 2010, 2011 and 2012.
ACARA released NAPLAN score equivalence tables for 2010, 2011 and 2012 in full.
All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F11/2363-13
24 April 2013
The report on the 2011 national finance data for My School 2013 and a summary of key messages regarding these data.

ACARA released:

  • 2011 National Finance Data for My School 2013; and

  • Key messages – School Finance Data for My School March 2013.

All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F11/2363-12
16 May 2013
Broadly, summary information relating to ACARA’s contractors for each stage of the 2011 and 2012 NAPLAN lifecycles.

ACARA released:

  • 2011 and 2012 NAPLAN - ACARA’s contractor information;

  • probity plan in relation to the NAPLAN 2012 Trial Administration; and

  • evaluation plan in relation to the NAPLAN 2012 Trial Administration.

All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F13/565-2
21 June 2013
Broadly, a list of submissions to ACARA in relation to digital technologies as part of the consultation process on the 'Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies Foundation to Year 10' and related submissions.
ACARA released 47 submissions, some of which contained redactions.
All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F13/565-3
10 July 2013
  • The formula for computing NAPLAN reliability; and

  • The reliability coefficients for each of the NAPLAN years 2008-2013.

 

ACARA released:

  • The formula for computing NAPLAN reliability; and

  • The reliability coefficients for each of the NAPLAN years 2008-2012.

All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F11/2363-14
17 July 2013
Broadly, non-public documents that explain the rationale for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority.
ACARA released:
  • Interim National Curriculum Board (NCB) paper meeting 9 item 7.1 Curriculum Design; and

  • ACARA’s internal guidelines that assist writers for each learning area.

All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F11/353-9
22 August 2013
Request covers, broadly, a large set of data from the My School website, all in electronic format. This matter was the subject of a decision by the Freedom of Information Commissioner in Diamond and Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority [2013] AICmr 57 (22 May 2013).
 
In accordance with the decision of the Freedom of Information Commissioner, ACARA provided a historic, electronic list of all schools published on the My School website for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.
 
All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F13/565-10 20 January 2014
  • Copies of the NAPLAN numeracy tests administered in each of the years from 2008 to 2011 (inclusive), for all of the year levels tested; and

  • Item-by-item performance data at the national level (calculated using the national calibration sample) (i.e. data disclosing for each test question the nationwide percentage of students who answered that question correctly) for 2008-2013 numeracy tests, for all of the year levels tested.

Note: only NAPLAN numeracy tests 2008–2011 (for all year levels tested) have been released under FOI. NAPLAN numeracy tests 2012–2014 have not been released.

ACARA released the requested documents in full (no redactions). All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F13/565-12 10 February 2014 and
10 March 2014
Minutes for Board meetings:

• No. 42 (21 March 2013)
• No. 46 (5 September 2013)
 

ACARA released redacted copies of the requested documents. All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F13/566-5 28 March 2014 High-level key messages regarding the 2012 school finance data collected for the My School 2014 release. ACARA released the requested document in full (no redactions). All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F13/566-8 16 April 2014 NAPLAN 2013 score equivalency tables.

ACARA released the requested document in full (no redactions).

All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F13/566-29 12 January 2015 Correspondence between ACARA and The Australian newspaper regarding ‘apparent breaches of the terms of use of the My School website’. ACARA released three (3) documents. All documents have been released in full (no redactions). All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F13/567-1 6 March 2015 A copy of the draft 2014 report by Colmar Brunton on market research it conducted on the My School website. ACARA released the draft report by Colmar Brunton in part, redacting the name of one person mentioned in this report, in accordance with the terms of the Applicant’s FOI request. ACARA has also published the finalised Colmar Brunton report, ‘Perspectives on the My School website’ on ACARA’s website. All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
 F13/567-21  28 August 2015  Australian Government solicitor invoice to ACARA dated 28 April 2011, excluding personal information.  ACARA released a redacted copy of the requested document.  All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
 F16/27-3  14 March 2016  Broadly, email correspondence relating to ACARA’s communications with a data sharing website about release of My School website data.  ACARA released three documents, one in full and two in part.   All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F16/27-10  4 April 2016

 NAPLAN 2008–11 tests, all year levels (3,5,7 and 9) and all domains except numeracy. The NAPLAN numeracy tests 2008–11 were previously released under FOI.
Note: 2012–15 NAPLAN tests

ACARA advises that:

  • the NAPLAN numeracy tests 2012–14 have been the subject of a decision by the Acting Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, who has decided not to release these tests under FOI– see the Marty Ross decision; and
  • It is highly likely that ACARA's FOI decision-maker would make an FOI decision not to release the NAPLAN tests 2012–14 in the other domains and the NAPLAN 2015 tests, for the same reasons as outlined in the Marty Ross decision. That is, no relevant circumstances have changed since ACARA last made a decision not to release NAPLAN papers for 2012 and beyond.
 ACARA released the requested documents in full (no redactions).   All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
 F16/27-24 19 April 2016 High-level key messages regarding the 2014 school finance data uploaded to the My School website as part of the 2016 release. ACARA released the requested document in full (no redactions). All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
 F16/27-28 3 June 2016 Broadly, an internal email relating to ACARA’s communications with a data sharing website about release of My School website data. ACARA released one document, in part.   All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.

ACARA Freedom of Information (FOI) Policy

ACARA's IPS to the My School website as part of the 2016 release.


Information regarding the past NAPLAN test papers

The information below:

  • describes how you can access these test papers
  • describes how you can obtain access to government-released answers to all past NAPLAN tests
  • provides you with copyright information; and
  • provides you with some information relevant to parents and carers and the media.

1.    Access to NAPLAN 2008–2011 test papers

Visit the 'NAPLAN 2008–2011 test papers' page of this website.

2.    Freedom of Information

All of the NAPLAN tests published on the ACARA website have previously been released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act). The FOI Act gives you the right to use these NAPLAN tests. It does not give anyone any rights in relation to these tests. For example, the FOI Act does not give you the right to publish or communicate (such as by uploading to an electronic platform) these tests.

For more information, see the ACARA information sheet NAPLAN tests (PDF 73 kb).

3.    Copyright information

ACARA owns all NAPLAN test questions and some of the images. Some images (photographs and illustrations) and some text included in the NAPLAN tests are owned by third parties and licensed to ACARA. ACARA does not grant you any copyright rights in relation to these tests. The NAPLAN tests are for personal use only.

For more information, see the ACARA information sheet NAPLAN tests (PDF 73 kb).

4.    NAPLAN 2012–2016 tests

ACARA advises that:

  • The NAPLAN numeracy tests 2012–2014 have been the subject of a decision by the Acting Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, who has decided not to release these tests under the FOI Act – see the Marty Ross decision.
  • It is highly likely that ACARA's FOI decision-maker would make an FOI decision not to release the NAPLAN tests 2012–2014 in the other domains, and the NAPLAN 2015 and 2016 tests, for the same reasons as outlined in the Marty Ross decision. That is, no relevant circumstances have changed since ACARA last made a decision not to release NAPLAN papers for 2012 and beyond.

5.    Government-released answers to all past NAPLAN tests

ACARA advises that the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has publicly released answers to all past NAPLAN tests through its NAPLAN reports guides and handbooks. An advantage of obtaining the answers through a government authority (over a commercial provider) is that you get assurance that these answers have been checked and authenticated.

6.    Parents and carers

If you are a parent or carer, ACARA supports parent/carer engagement with their children’s learning. You may be interested in information provided on the ‘Parent/carer support’ page of the NAP website and, particularly, our messages that:

  • The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure your child that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day. The use of services by coaching providers is not recommended.
  • If you have any questions about your child’s preparation for NAPLAN, you should make a time to speak with their teacher.

We also note that on 9 March 2016 ACARA updated the My School website with 2015 NAPLAN data. A lot of interesting media articles followed, which focused primarily on aggregate student gain at relevant year levels. These stories are interesting, because they show that each school employs teaching strategies that are tailored for the particular student cohort. The best way to understand how your child is performing, their strengths and learning opportunities, and more particularly, the strategies that your child’s school is employing to improve performance, is to speak with your child’s school.

7.    Information for media

Under s.42 of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), there is an exception to copyright infringement for fair dealing for the purpose of reporting the news. For more information, see section 42 of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (PDF 521 kb).

This exception would enable the media to create and publish excerpts of these tests for reporting the news, providing that this use falls within the fair dealing exception. What is fair dealing is determined on a case-by-case basis. However, the dealing must ultimately be ‘fair’ and this will depend in part on how much of the tests are published. As this involves a legal assessment, ACARA assumes that the media will obtain their own legal advice, prior to publishing any part of these tests.