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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 just over 10,000 schools and campuses around the country. We publish a range of reports, including the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) national report.


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What's new 


NAPLAN online: extended test window

26 May 2016

The test window for NAPLAN online in 2017 will be nine days (though schools may choose to complete testing sooner if sufficient devices are available). This expanded test window allows schools more flexibility in scheduling and accommodates schools which have fewer devices than students.

See our infographic explaining the extended test window.

Public consultation open: draft Auslan, the Framework for Classical Languages, Classical Greek and Latin language curricula

19 May 2016

Draft language curricula for Auslan, the Framework for Classical Languages and Classical Greek and Latin, funded by the Australian Government, have been released for public consultation. You can find the draft language curricula and provide feedback at the Australian Curriculum consultation website.

Reaf the full article  

National Report on Schooling in Australia 2013

4 May 2016

The National Report on Schooling in Australia 2013 (parts 1–6 and 8–10) has been released.

The report describes the national policy and reporting context for school education in Australia; outlines nationally agreed policy initiatives and reports against the nationally agreed key performance measures for schooling including enrolment, attendance, student achievement in NAPLAN and educational attainment.

Read the full article


NAPLAN 2016: embargo period

4 May 2016

NAPLAN is held from 10 to 12 May. NAPLAN is a vital tool for parents, educators and the public to see if Australia’s children are meeting essential literacy and numeracy standards.

NAPLAN testing concluded on Thursday 12 May. An embargo on NAPLAN test material will be in place until close of business on Friday 20 May 2016 to allow for any catch-up tests to be undertaken.

No NAPLAN materials (such as the questions or prompts) can be made publically available during this embargo period. This includes items such as photographs or videos of current tests, or referencing specific questions that are a part of this year's NAPLAN tests.

Read ACARA's media release about NAPLAN 2016 (PDF 69 kb)



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