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 Schoolwebsite 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 writing assessment enhanced to include two prompts
12 February 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.
Read the Sydney Morning Herald’s report on these changes
18 February 2015
Ever wondered how cybersafety could be better implemented in your school? The ‘Protecting Children and Youth Online’ conference, to be held on 29–30 April in Sydney, will look at how schools can put safety policies into practice, engage parents and use curriculum resources to help keep children safe online.
NAPLAN in the news
4 February 2015
Reports in the media today discuss the importance of students taking NAPLAN assessments, and remind parents and students that NAPLAN is just four tests, conducted four times over 13 years of schooling – a small investment to see a child's growth across NAPLAN years.
To assist parents, teachers and students in getting a sense of the look and feel of the tests, and to understand the test better, example NAPLAN test items are available on our National Assessment Program website.
Religion and ethics in public schools
2 February 2015
Don’t miss ACARA Chair, Prof. Barry McGaw, AO, on ABC Radio National at 11,am this Thursday 5 February, where he will be exploring religion and ethics in public primary schools on ABC’s new Earshot documentary program.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra teaches the teachers
28 January 2015
Earlier this month 50 NSW primary school teachers took part in TunED-UP!, a five day residency program run by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) to support primary teachers in up-skilling and delivering music education in their classrooms and schools.
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.