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NAPLAN 2017 finishes without the world ending

16 May 2017

NAPLAN is now over for 2017. The world didn’t stop spinning, there were no major incidents and the vast majority of students, parents and teachers rightly treated NAPLAN for what it is – a series of short tests designed to gain valuable information on how Australia’s students are doing in the fundamentally important areas of literacy and numeracy.

Results will be out later in the year, in around 10-12 weeks, when we will get information back to parents and schools about how students performed on this year's tests. When NAPLAN moves online this timeframe will be significantly reduced.

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NAPLAN starts on Tuesday 9 May

05 May 2017

Around 1.1 million students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will participate in the annual National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) starting on 9 May 2017. As NAPLAN enters its tenth year of testing, the tests continue to be an important tool for parents, educators and the public to see if Australia’s children are meeting essential literacy and numeracy standards.

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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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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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