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The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent statutory authority that will improve the learning of all young Australians through world-class school curriculum, assessment and reporting.

Curriculum: We take a national approach to education through developing and implementing a robust and comprehensive national curriculum. Visit the Australian Curriculum website for more information.

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.

Reporting: We are responsible for collecting and publishing information on My School about the performance and resources of more than 9500 schools around the country. We publish a range of reports, including the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) national report.


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2014 NAP – ICT literacy report shows a decline in ICT literacy

17 November 2015

The 2014 National Assessment Program (NAP) – information and communication technology (ICT) literacy report has been released today by the Education Council.

In October and November 2014, around 10,500 Year 6 and Year 10 students participated in the NAP – ICT literacy online test. Samples of students were randomly selected from over 650 government, Catholic and independent schools in metropolitan, rural and remote areas around the country.

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Updated Australian Curriculum website released 

20 October 2015

The updated Australian Curriculum website (version 8.0) has been released today.

Over the past 12 months, ACARA has reviewed and revised the F–10 curriculum and the way it is presented on the Australian Curriculum website. The updated website includes the improved Australian Curriculum endorsed by the Education Council on 18 September 2015. See our news item about the improvements to the curriculum.

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My School updated with 2015 Term 1 and 2 student attendance data

19 November 2015

Today, the My School website has been updated with school student attendance rates for Semester 1 (Term 1 and 2) of 2015. Attendance data are provided for: all students; Indigenous students; and non-Indigenous students. 

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NAPLAN online: update to technical specifications

9 November 2015

On 12 October 2015, ACARA, in conjunction with Education Services Australia (ESA), released NAPLAN online technical specifications (PDF 105 kb) via its NAP website. 

Preliminary findings from a device mode effect study (final report to be released in January 2016) have further informed our position on devices suitable for NAPLAN online. 

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World Teachers’ Day 2015

30 October 2015

Today Australia celebrates World Teachers’ Day – a day to recognise the important contribution teachers around the world make to shaping our future generations.

This year’s focus is on empowering teachers and building sustainable societies – reflecting the notion that teachers are not only a means to implementing education goals. Teachers are the key to sustainability and national capacity in creating societies based on knowledge, values and ethics.

Read more about World Teachers’ Day around the globe.

Review of ACARA by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training

20 October 2015

The ACARA Board acknowledges that the Review of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority departmental report by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training was tabled in Parliament yesterday..

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