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.
A message from the CEO – November 2013
13 December 2013
Today the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) released the 2013 NAPLAN National Report (pdf 7.72 MB).
The National Report provides nationally comparable results for each year level (3, 5, 7 and 9) and for each test domain (reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy). It also gives comparisons of national and state/territory achievement in each year and test domain from 2008 (2011 for persuasive writing) to 2013, and from 2012 to 2013.
13 December 2013
The annual report, which examines NAPLAN test incidents, has found very few allegations of breaches by teachers or students during the staging of the NAPLAN test in May this year.
The Report of 2013 NAPLAN Test Incidents (pdf 455 KB), released by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), shows that out of more than one million students and an estimated 9500 schools participating in NAPLAN throughout Australia, there were only 43 substantiated test incidents.
10 December 2013
ACARA is pleased to announce the release of the 2012 National Assessment Program – Science Literacy (NAP–SL) Public Report (pdf 3.23 MB). The report is available on the ACARA’s National Assessment Program (NAP) website along with the detailed technical report.
Differing reports on literacy and numeracy skills of young Australians
5 December 2013
A recent report by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) examines why we receive such differing reports on the literacy and numeracy of young Australians.
Work Studies consultation closing soon
26 November 2013
This is a reminder that the draft Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, Years 9–10, is open for public consultation until Sunday 8 December 2013.