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.
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.
Improving the Australian Curriculum
8 May 2015
ACARA is seeking to improve the learning of all young Australians through the development of a national curriculum. Work is underway to improve the Australian Curriculum addressing themes endorsed by the Education Council. These themes are: uncrowding the curriculum; rebalancing the curriculum; improving accessibility for students with disability; and parental engagement.
National Reconciliation Week: 27 May – 3 June
27 May 2015
National Reconciliation Week is celebrated each year between 27 May and 3 June. This is a significant week for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia and will be celebrated with community events across the country.
Public consultation: Turkish and Hindi language curricula
20 May 2015
Language curricula for Turkish and Hindi have been released for public consultation. You can find the language curricula and provide feedback on the curricula at the Australian Curriculum: consultation website.
What's next for NAPLAN
18 May 2015
Last week's NAPLAN tests may have been the last paper-based tests for this group of students. From 2017 (when this cohort is due to be tested again), NAPLAN will be delivered online on an opt-in basis over two–three years, with all students online from 2019. Watch our video of ACARA CEO Robert Randall explaining what research has been done so far for NAPLAN online.
15 May 2015
NAPLAN 2015 has concluded for most students, with around one million students from Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 taking the assessments.
A reminder that a strict embargo on NAPLAN test material remains in place until Friday 22 May 2015.
8 May 2015
Next week, around one million students will participate in the annual NAPLAN tests. Student reports will be distributed in August–September and school-level NAPLAN data will be published on the My School website early next year. Parents can now compare the 2014 NAPLAN results for their child’s school with the results of schools with similar students. See our new infographic below that shows how NAPLAN gets people talking.
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30 April 2015
Dr Stanley Rabinowitz, ACARA General Manager, Asessment and Reporting, says:
Currently, student writing is marked using a set of criteria. The marking is done by individual markers with checks by senior markers. This process will continue with NAPLAN online, using the same criteria that will be fed into marking computer programs, with checks also done along the way by ‘human’ markers. This is an important point - automarking will still involve teachers throughout the process.