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NAPLAN Online to commence in 2018

19 April 2017

Today, ACARA CEO, Robert Randall, has welcomed the continuing commitment by all states and territories to move NAPLAN online, while acknowledging that NAPLAN will continue to be undertaken as a paper test in 2017. The ACT, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia had been planning to transition this year, but have now delayed the commencement of NAPLAN Online until 2018. 

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ACARA’s response to report released by the Mitchell Institute

27 March 2017

A report released by the Mitchell Institute claims that school leavers lack the skills they need to enter the workforce as confident, competent adults. Around the world, educators and governments are placing an increasing emphasis on 21st century competencies as part of curriculum design.

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NAP – Science Literacy report released

15 March 2017

Today ACARA has released its fifth National Assessment Program (NAP) – Science Literacy report. The report shows Australian Year 6 students’ science literacy levels have remained static.

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Update on transition to NAPLAN Online

14 April 2017

Moving NAPLAN online by 2019 has been a goal of all Australian states and territories for several years now. NAPLAN Online will result in better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.

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Student demonstration videos on Mathematics Proficiencies resource

08 February 2017

The Mathematics Proficiencies resource on the Australian Curriculum website has been updated with student demonstration videos to accompany student worksheets. The annotated clips feature students at different year levels demonstrating the understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning proficiency a

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Launch of Curriculum Connections resource

08 February 2017

ACARA has launched a new resource that identifies connections between learning areas of the Australian Curriculum on consumer and financial literacy, food and fibre, food and wellbeing, and outdoor learning.

ACARA collaborated with a number of expert organisations on the resource, which is designed

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ACARA - 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.

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