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.
Anzac Day 2015: Lest we forget
25 April 2015
On Saturday 25 April we reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of the many Australians who have served in wartime.
Anzac Day 2015 is particularly significant as it marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings – an important moment in Australian history. Watch ACARA’s video about the Australian Curriculum: history and its links to Anzac Day and its traditions.
ACARA CEO: The debate about NAPLAN’s value is a tired one
22 April 2015
“As NAPLAN 2015 approaches, we are starting to hear the same sweeping statements and assertions, questioning its value despite numerous independent reports and parent testimonials declaring its value."
Read ACARA CEO, Robert Randall’s, opinion piece in today’s Daily Telegraph.
See our new infographic: NAPLAN gets people talking.
NAPLAN has an important role in the Australian education space
24 April 2015
The value of NAPLAN has been identified by parents, principals, teachers, partners and stakeholders around the country. You can see a selection of reports containing research findings, statements of support for NAPLAN and practical examples of how NAPLAN data have been used to improve school performance. You can also view our 'Testimonials' pages with quotes collected from print and broadcast media.
NAPLAN is for all Year 3, 5,7 and 9 students
22 April 2015
NAPLAN is for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. If anyone suggests that your child should not participate in NAPLAN, you should ask more questions. Students who receive assistance to complete schoolwork in their classroom now – such as access to a scribe, braille resources, a computer with text prediction or screen reader software – are generally able to participate in NAPLAN with the assistance they normally receive.
See more information on the assistance available to students to be a part of NAPLAN.
20 April 2015
Read the latest issue of primary matters – a newsletter that provides more information about ACARA’s projects that will assist primary schools across Australia.
Primary Matters, issue 5 (PDF 338 kb)
20 April 2015
“We analyse the data and set directions for the school…”
Check out our new graphic that provides information on how some teachers and principals use NAPLAN data to support children in the areas of literacy and numeracy.
Click on the image to see the full version (PDF 406 kb)
17 April 2015
Wondering what NAPLAN is about, if it is worth your child taking part or if they need to prepare for it? Hear from the Australian Parents Council, Council of State School Organisations and Catholic School Parents Australia in this series of four videos.
NAPLAN 2015 is coming
13 April 2015
The annual National Assessment Program – literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) tests will be held on 12, 13 and 14 May for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Students will participate in tests for reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
13 April 2015
What did some parents, teachers, principals and students have to say about NAPLAN 2014? Check out our new infographic:
Click on the image to see the full version (PDF 552 kb)
NAP – science literacy trial assessment delivered online
1 April 2015
The NAP–SL online trial is now complete.
Over 1000 students from 50 schools in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have completed the online trial test.