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The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent authority providing a rigorous, national approach to education through the national curriculum, national assessment program and national data collection and reporting program.

ACARA collaborates with teachers, principals, governments, state and territory education authorities, professional education associations, community groups and the general public to develop national education standards that are applied across every school in Australia.

ACARA's mission is to improve the learning of all young Australians through world-class school curriculum, assessment and reporting.

Significant reports including the annual National Report on Schooling in Australia the major report of statistical and related information about educational outcomes and national data standards manuals are published on this site in the Reporting section. A number of selected reports relating to the development processes of the Australian Curriculum are also available. Reports relating to the National Assessment Program (NAP) are published on the NAP website.

Visitors are encouraged to watch the overview video describing this and our other websites that are accessible from the Quick links.


My School 2014


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Anzac Day in the Australian Curriculum

24 April 2014

As Anzac Day approaches, it is opportune to remember that schools across the country will  commemorate Anzac Day. This remembrance is complemented by what students learn about the Anzac legend through the Australian history curriculum.

Content relating to Anzac Day is contained throughout the curriculum, from Foundation to Senior Modern History, with school children learning how such events have played an integral part in shaping our nation’s history.



ABC Brisbane: kids' test nervousness can be reduced

10 April 2014

Rebecca McLaren from ABC Brisbane discusses with Dr Divna Haslam from the Parenting & Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland how to reduce child nervousness during test times.

DonwnloadRebecca McLaren and Dr Divna Haslam's conversation

Primary Matters for primary schools

2 April 2014

Primary Matters is the new quarterly update from ACARA’s Primary Curriculum team. The newsletter focuses on ACARA’s work to support primary schools as they manage the implementation of the Australian Curriculum.

Read the April issue of Primary Matters (pdf 504 KB)

Senate releases its report on NAPLAN effectiveness

27 March 2014

The Senate Education and Employment References Committee 2013 Inquiry into the Effectiveness of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) has released its final report.

The recommendations of the report affirm work underway towards NAPLAN online, with a particular emphasis on access and equity. 

Read theEffectiveness of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracyreport (pdf 446 KB)

A lot of work goes into a great education

25 March 2014 

ACARA's mission is to improve the learning of all young Australians through world-class school curriculum, assessment and reporting.

See a visual representation of what ACARA does and of how many people have contributed to our work. Click on the image to view the infographic in full.


ACARA's statement to the review of Australian Curriculum

24 March 2014

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has provided a statement as a contribution to the Federal Government’s review of the Australian Curriculum.


the  ACARA releases statement to the review of Australian Curriculummedia release (pdf 64 KB)

the  letter from the ACARA Board Chair – review of the Australian Curriculum (pdf 109 KB)

the  Review of the Australian Curriculum: a statement by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (pdf 748 KB) 

Is NAPLAN really that stressful?

19 March 2014

ABC published an article ‘The myth of NAPLAN stress’ written by Jennifer Buckingham, a research fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies.

In her article, Jennifer is questioning numerous claims that the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) causes too much pressure and even has damaging effect on both schools and school students.

The article has received almost 300 readers' comments.

Read‘The myth of NAPLAN stress’ by Jennifer Buckingham


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