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.
NAPLAN: looking to the future
26 August 2015
"Educators have an obligation to prepare children not only for the world that is here, but also for the world that is coming," says ACARA CEO, Robert Randall.
Read the full opinion piece in The Educator.
Research to support NAPLAN online commences
21 August 2015
Federal, state and territory education ministers have agreed that NAPLAN will move online from 2017, over a two–three year period. ACARA is responsible for developing the NAPLAN online test and is undertaking comprehensive research and trialling to make sure we are all ready to move NAPLAN online.
From 24 August 2015, a sample of students across the nation will take part in two research studies in an online environment.
The Australian Curriculum – setting expectations for all young Australians
7 August 2015
The Australian Curriculum sets expectations for what all young Australians should be taught, regardless of where in Australia they live. It means that students now have access to the same content, and their achievements can be judged against the same standards. The Australian Curriculum gives teachers stability to focus on the quality of their teaching, while being a living document that can evolve and change.
7 August 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.
ACARA is undertaking a program of work of developing, consulting and seeking agreement in relation to proposed actions. This includes undertaking targeted consultation with key stakeholders, including state and territory curriculum, and school authorities and practising teachers, around any changes.
NAPLAN 2015 results: some improvements, time to reflect
5 August 2015
Today ACARA has released the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2015 summary information.
Overall, the results from the NAPLAN tests in May show stable national achievement, as well as some improvements nationally and in each state and territory (for some year levels and some domains).
ACARA CEO, Robert Randall, says that while stability is good, parents and educators may expect more improvement over time.
26 August 2015
When used properly, technology has helped to refine and improve every industry that operates today. It has allowed the society to adapt and respond to demands of the modernising and maturing world. Across industries, technology has simplified complex activities and significantly reduced time spent on others.
People discuss building an education system for the 21st century. At ACARA, we are looking further – to a world that does not yet exist but most certainly includes technology as its basis.
New app to engage parents
21 August 2015
A new mobile app, which encourages parents to become more involved in their children’s education, is now available to download free on Apple and Android devices. Developed by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, in consultation with ACARA, the app offers access to articles and informative videos, as well as practical tips and suggestions for parents of children from pre-primary to high school.
Webinar on the Review of the Australian Curriculum
21 August 2015
ACARA’s General Manager, Curriculum, Dr Phil Lambert, recently participated in a webinar presentation to Australian Publishers Association members about ACARA’s actions in responding to the Review of the Australian Curriculum.
View the webinar.
Designing lessons for gifted and talented students
13 August 2015
Teachers of gifted and talented students can access relevant and engaging materials that are drawn from the Australian Curriculum.
Illustrations of Personalised Learning are a suite of materials that show how teachers can use the Australian Curriculum to make adjustments for gifted and talented students. Illustrations of Personalised Learning comprise a video showcasing a particular school’s approach, along with additional resources for teachers including the relevant references to the Australian Curriculum, questions for staff discussion and program documents.
The Australian Curriculum website: tell us what you think
12 August 2015
We are currently undertaking a user survey of the Australian Curriculum website and we want to hear from you!
With over 18 million page views last year, the Australian Curriculum website is a popular place to visit. We want you to tell us what you like about it, what you don’t like, and how we could go about improving it.
The survey will be open until 30 September and will only take a few minutes.
NAPLAN 2015 individual student reports
NT Delivery from Monday 3 August, with all reports in schools no later than week
commencing Monday 24 August
Qld First mail-out from Monday 27 July, with bulk of reports expected in schools by
Wednesday 5 August, remote schools by Friday 14 August
SA Delivery to schools between Friday 14 August and Friday 21 August
Tas. Reports expected in schools by Monday 17 August
Vic. Distribution of reports from week commencing Monday 17 August
WA Distribution of reports from week commencing Monday 17 August
NSW Delivery commences on Tuesday 18 August 2015, with all reports expected to
be in schools by Friday 21 August
ACT All reports will be delivered to schools by Friday 21 August
Statement from Professor Steven Schwartz, AM, ACARA Chair: improving the Australian Curriculum
7 August 2015
The Australian Curriculum sets high expectations for students to aspire to, wherever they live in Australia. Our national assessment programs measure whether students are meeting these high standards and show us where learning needs to improve. Changes have been made to the Australian Curriculum following its review and will be submitted to the Education Council in September. The curriculum will continue to be monitored and maintained to ensure it is up to date for the benefit of all Australian students.