The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent authority providing a rigorous, national approach to education through the national curriculum, national assessment program and national data collection and reporting program.
ACARA collaborates with teachers, principals, governments, state and territory education authorities, professional education associations, community groups and the general public to develop national education standards that are applied across every school in Australia.
ACARA's mission is to improve the learning of all young Australians through world-class school curriculum, assessment and reporting.
Significant reports including the annual National Report on Schooling in Australia– the major report of statistical and related information about educational outcomes – and national data standards manuals are published on this site in the Reporting section. A number of selected reports relating to the development processes of the Australian Curriculum are also available. Reports relating to the National Assessment Program (NAP) are published on the NAP website.
Visitors are encouraged to watch the overview video describing this and our other websites that are accessible from the Quick links.
My School 2014
5 March 2014
My School 2014 has been released today by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). The 2014 update of data on the My School website provides the opportunity for educators, parents and the wider community to view updated information on all schools across Australia, and to make comparisons between them. My School presents a detailed profile on all schools including results from the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).
The cross-curriculum priorities explained
Professor Barry McGaw, ACARA Chair, explains how the cross-curriculum priorities fit in the Australian Curriculum in an article published in the Canberra Times on 27 February 2014.
18 February 2014
Curriculum for the arts, health and physical education, technologies, economics and business, and civics and citizenship for Foundation – Year 10 is now available on the Australian Curriculum website.
This follows a decision by the Council of federal, state and territory education ministers in November 2013 that the health and physical education, technologies, economics and business, and civics and citizenship curriculum should be made available to states and territories for their use. The arts curriculum was formally endorsed in July 2013, subject to further consultation with Western Australia.