ACARA Update, 31 October 2016


UNESCO delegation visits Australia to learn from My School

A delegation from UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) visited Australia to learn more about how the My School website, run by ACARA, improves transparency and accountability through public access to school data.

Delegates from seven countries in the Asia-Pacific region attended: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines and Nepal.

The five-day visit focuses on how to improve transparency and accountability in schools in the Asia-Pacific region through the use of data, using the My School website as an example of how this has been successfully implemented.

This visit provide an opportunity for countries of the Asia-Pacific region to learn from the My School experience in improving transparency and accountability through public access to school data. The aim is to gain a better understanding of open education data projects in the region and aid participants to formulate and implement their own open education data initiatives. Delegates are going to discuss what the most critical data for improving transparency are and how this can be used for improving accountability and transparency.

Delegates will hear from a range of stakeholders about My School and visit schools to understand how My School works.

Read more on the UNESCO IIEP website

Australian Curriculum website: tell us what you think!

The Australian Curriculum website user survey remains open and we want to hear from you!

With over four million user sessions last year, the Australian Curriculum website is a popular place. We want you to tell us what you like about it, what you don’t like, and how we could go about improving it. The survey is still open and will only take around 10 minutes to complete.

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New work samples released 

Further work samples have been published, including samples for Years 7–10 Technologies and one sample per portfolio for Years 7–10 Geography.

These new work samples are now available on the Australian Curriculum work samples interactive website.

Work samples portfolios show student achievement of curriculum standards for above, at, and below satisfactory levels. The portfolios support teachers and schools to make balanced judgements of student performance over time, in relation to the relevant achievement standard.

The new work samples add to those already made available on the interactive website.

Previously work samples were available in PDF format only. Now work samples portfolios are published on the Australian Curriculum: work samples new interactive website. This new interactivity will allow users to compare work samples that are above, at, and below satisfactory more easily. 

Work sample portfolios will continue to be rolled out until December this year. Portfolios have been selected, annotated and reviewed by classroom teachers and curriculum experts. 

ACARA's annual report released

ACARA has released its annual report for 2015–16, which documents our achievements over the past financial year.View ACARA's Annual Report 2015–16 (PDF 3.7 mb).