ACARA news, April 2018

Joint statement from parent organisations regarding NAPLAN


19 April 2018
The Australian Parents Council, the Australian Council of State School Organisations and the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association have issued the following statement on behalf of Australian parents regarding NAPLAN.

NAPLAN writing assessment


10 April 2018

The NSW Teachers Federation has released a report from Dr Les Perelman, a retired professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), with his opinions on the NAPLAN writing assessment.

Dr Perelman’s report assesses NAPLAN through a comparison to other standardised assessments, which have different purposes and audiences; for example, the American SAT that is a university entrance exam. NAPLAN is a check on the fundamentals of literacy and numeracy learning. It was introduced to provide national consistency where previously there were separate and different state-based basic skills tests.

The NAPLAN marking guide (rubric) focuses on the fundamentals of effective writing –spelling and grammar. Students who get higher marks on NAPLAN are able to demonstrate successful mastery of each.

Over the years, ACARA has worked  to improve NAPLAN and has already reviewed the NAPLAN writing assessment and identified areas for improvement, which will be best realised once NAPLAN has moved online. NAPLAN Online will give increased flexibility and a more tailored, adaptive test experience for an individual student. 

NAPLAN is an important tool with the data generated useful to parents, teachers and education systems.   

ACARA welcomes input on refinements to NAPLAN and will continue to work to ensure that NAPLAN does what it is meant to – assessing the literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every student to progress through school and life.


Australian Curriculum website technical issues


08 April 2018
The Australian Curriculum website is currently experiencing some technical issues. Whilst these are being resolved, you can access the site as normal by using your browser's 'private browsing' option (for example, Incognito in Google Chrome). Apologies for the inconvenience.

National Report on Schooling: updated data available


03 April 2018

Today, ACARA’s interactive resource, the National Report on Schooling data portal, has been updated with the most recently available data, including key performance measure data and data on schools and schooling:

  • school numbers, student numbers and staff numbers
  • student–teacher ratios
  • school funding
  • teacher education
  • Year 12 certification rates.

See the National Report on Schooling data portal on the ACARA website.