We will improve the learning of all young Australians

NAP sample – science literacy assessments start

15 October 2018

Number of schools: 560. Number of students: 11,200. Runs 15 October – 2 November.

The NAP sample assessments are a suite of tests, deployed in a three-yearly cycle, which monitor student achievement in science literacy, ICT literacy, and civics and citizenship. This year is science literacy.

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ACARA CEO Robert Randall advises of his decision to move on in 2019

27 September 2018

Robert Randall will not be seeking a further three-year term as CEO of ACARA when his contract ends in 2019, he will continue in the role for the transition period.

From ACARA's Board Chair, Ms Belinda Robinson: 

Robert Randall, ACARA’s CEO, has advised me that he will not seek a further term as CEO when his current three-year term ends in February 2019. I speak on behalf of the entire ACARA Board, past and present, when I give my sincere thanks to Rob for his contribution over the years.

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No review of the Australian Curriculum

17 September 2018

Contrary to media speculation over the weekend, there is no review of the Australian Curriculum underway, and there is no ‘shift’ away from what has been agreed for Australia’s students to learn in school.

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New elaborations help teachers incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in the curriculum

29 October 2018

In response to feedback from community and educators, ACARA has released information to support teachers to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures into teaching the Australian Curriculum: Science.

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UNESCO school reporting initiative

26 October 2018

The UNESCO Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP–UNESCO) has published six case studies from Asia and the Pacific to inspire and inform open school data policies.

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World Teachers' Day 2018

26 October 2018

Today is World Teachers' Day 2018, an international initiative run by UNESCO. A big thank you to all teachers across Australia who are making an amazing contribution in shaping the education and future of their students!

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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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