The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent statutory authority that will improve the learning of all young Australians through world-class school curriculum, assessment and reporting.
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.
Reporting: We are responsible for collecting and publishing information on the My School website about the performance and resources of more than 9500 schools around the country. We publish a range of reports, including the National Report on Schooling in Australia and the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) national report.
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ACARA statement on Education Council decisions
15 December 2014
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) welcomes the Education Council’s decision to seek advice from ACARA on the findings of Review of the Australian Curriculum report released on 12 October 2014.
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Student achievement in NAPLAN stable across most areas
10 December 2014
The 2014 NAPLAN National Report has been published, confirming the initial findings of the summary information released in August that overall student achievement has remained stable for each year level and most domains.
Annual National Report on Schooling 2012 released
19 December 2014
The Education Council has released the Annual National Report on Schooling 2012.
The report provides a range of information on schooling in Australia in 2012.
See the report on the ACARA website.
My School website updated with attendance data by Indigenous status
17 December 2014
As a part of a COAG (Council of Australian Governments) initiative to help improve student attendance rates and therefore lead to better learning outcomes, My School website has today been updated to include student attendance data based on Indigeneity.
10 December 2014
Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, today reiterated the Australian Government's support for NAPLAN. "Parents and teachers know that NAPLAN is an important national resource where we are able to see at the individual, school, state and national level how our kids are performing. Every parent should have access to how their student is doing against national standards and in comparison with his or her peers as well as teachers, schools and education authorities," said Mr Pyne.
Does withdrawing students from NAPLAN simply defeat its purpose?
10 December 2014
Following the publication of today’s 2014 NAPLAN National Report, the Australian Parents Council has urged parents not to withdraw their children from NAPLAN.
A new young historian of the year
2 December 2014
Angus Christie, a Year 5 student from the Hutchins School in Tasmania, has been named the 2014 Australian Young Historian of the Year. Angus’s winning submission looked at Australia’s participation in the Vietnam War.
28 November 2014
ACARA is pleased to see that Australian parents have supported the move to NAPLAN online from 2016, as reported in an article by Education Matters magazine.
Australian Parents Council Executive Director, Ian Dalton, told Education Matters that parents are pleased with the move to online NAPLAN testing, as it will provide the capacity for students to be tested according to their ability level and the faster availability of results will mean remedial programs can be put into place more quickly.
National Assessment Program – civics and citizenship test results show Aussie students actively engaged in society
26 November 2014
The National Assessment Program – civics and citizenship (NAPCC) Public Report 2013 has today been released, showing that civics and citizenship student performance at the national level has remained relatively consistent and that many students across Australia are actively engaged in their communities, with a good understanding of civics and citizenship.
ACARA CEO Robert Randall said, “Around 12 000 students from nationally representative samples of children in Year 6 and Year 10 participated in the 2013 NAP–CC assessments, which for the first time were conducted online".