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 the My School website about the performance and resources of more than 9500 schools around the country. We publish a range of reports, including the National Report on Schooling in Australia and the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) national report.
NAPLAN writing assessment enhanced to include two prompts
22 January 2015
This year’s NAPLAN writing assessment will have two writing prompts – one for Years 3 and 5, and a different prompt for Years 7 and 9 – instead of the previous single prompt for all year levels.
“Having two prompts will enable better questions to be set. More age-appropriate writing prompts will better ensure all students have the opportunity to produce their best writing,” says Dr Stanley Rabinowitz, ACARA’s General Manager, Assessment and Reporting.
What do students learn about Australia Day?
23 January 2015
On 26 January we celebrate what’s great about being Australian.
With students in NSW, NT, Queensland, SA and Victoria returning to school on 27 January, and the rest of the country – the following week, it’s timely to take a look at what the Australian Curriculum includes – particularly in relation to significant days like Australia Day.
Join the EdFest virtual conference
22 January 2015
On 27 January 2015 EdFest – a free national virtual conference – will be filmed and streamed live in the Scootle Lounge. The event will run from 9 am to 4 pm AEDT and will feature 11 half-an-hour presentations on Australian Curriculum implementation and contemporary models for learning. See the full EdFest program.
New year, new job?
16 January 2015
We currently have two vacancies at ACARA for the roles of Project Officer, National Assessment Program, sample assessment (Perth) and Senior Project Officer, humanities and social sciences (Sydney).
Applications close on 27 January 2015. See the 'Employment' page for more information.