ACARA news, August 2023

National Report on Schooling in Australia 2022, Release 2

30 August 2023

ACARA has today released the Policies and Priorities chapter of the National Report on Schooling in Australia 2022 (ANR), which is the second release in its new progressive release program for the report.

This chapter details the actions taken by the Australian Governments against the 11 commitments expressed in the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Declaration. The areas of emphasis include the importance of meeting the individual needs of all learners, learning throughout life, support for educators, and ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are supported to reach their potential.

The release also includes an interactive resource that provides a high-level summary of activity undertaken by the Australian Governments. This resource is intended to be used by educators, policy makers, NGOs and the public to better understand the ways in which education in Australia is being improved.

The progressive release of the ANR and the development of the corresponding resource reflects a commitment to strengthening accountability and transparency through making information more accessible.

The next release in December 2023 will include chapters on Vocational Education and Training and Student Attainment, with the full report released in February 2024.  

NAPLAN 2023 National Results released

23 August 2023

Around 10 per cent of students across Australia in years 3, 5, 7 and 9, need additional support in literacy and numeracy to meet higher expectations according to the 2023 NAPLAN National Results released today.

The latest figures also show that approximately 65 per cent of students across Australia are meeting the higher literacy and numeracy expectations, achieving in the ‘Strong’ and ‘Exceeding’ proficiency levels, while around 23 per cent of students are in the ‘Developing’ level and working towards meeting expectations.

“This year’s NAPLAN results are the first to reflect the new reporting changes,” said ACARA CEO David de Carvalho. “They show strong performance among Australian students in literacy and numeracy skills, but also provide clear information on areas requiring improvement.”

Participation rates nationally have bounced back in 2023, increasing on average by 2 percentage points across all years and domains, compared to 2022, from 91.4 per cent to 93.3 per cent. This was “a very good sign” Mr de Carvalho said, reversing a downward trend apparent in recent years and exacerbated by the impact of the COVID pandemic. 

Read ACARA's media release.