We will improve the learning of all young Australians

"Why Finland is not a blueprint for Australian education"

14 September 2016

Read a comment piece by ACARA’s Board Chair, Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM, in The Sydney Morning Herald.

ACARA responds to misinformed NAPLAN article

18 August 2016

A recent article in The Conversation (12 August 2016) put forward an incorrect view that NAPLAN results cannot be compared across years and questioned the reliability of using NAPLAN as a tool for charting individual student progress across school years as well as charting the progress of year groups. This view is based on demonstrably false assumptions and interpretations.

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Parents to receive NAPLAN 2016 individual student reports this month

16 August 2016

The NAPLAN 2016 summary information was released on 3 August 2016 and parents of students who participated in this year’s NAPLAN will start receiving their individual student reports this month.

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Release of further work samples to interactive platform

31 August 2016

New work samples for The Arts: Dance, Drama, Media Arts and Music, for Foundation – Year 2, Years 3–4 and Years 5–6, Health and PE for Years 7–8 and 9–10 as well as Work Studies Years 9 and 10 are now available on the Australian Curriculum website’s work samples interactive platform.

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New maths resource released

31 August 2016

Teachers who want support to implement the proficiencies in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics have some additional guidance with the release by ACARA of a new mathematics resource.

The four proficiency areas students are expected to develop in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics – understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning – are explored in this new resource. 

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STEM projects show value of bringing subjects together

31 August 2016

Last year, ACARA partnered with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) to investigate how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education can be better delivered in schools.

Thirteen schools around the country were supported to develop integrated projects, bringing together the STEM subjects. The projects aimed to identify explicit connections for students between classroom learning in STEM and future work/learning opportunities. 

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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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