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 My School about the performance and resources of more than 9500 schools around the country. We publish a range of reports, including the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) national report.
NAPLAN 2015 results: overall stable student achievement
2 December 2015
The 2015 NAPLAN National Report has been published on the NAP website, confirming the initial findings of the summary information released in August. The report shows stable student achievement – relative to 2008 and 2014, with some improvements nationally and in each state and territory (for some year levels and some domains).
See our graphic with the key findings of the report (PDF 107 kb)
Read the COAG Education Council media release
17 November 2015
The 2014 National Assessment Program (NAP) – information and communication technology (ICT) literacy report has been released today by the Education Council.
In October and November 2014, around 10,500 Year 6 and Year 10 students participated in the NAP – ICT literacy online test. Samples of students were randomly selected from over 650 government, Catholic and independent schools in metropolitan, rural and remote areas around the country.
Automated essay scoring: a viable solution for NAPLAN online writing tasks
30 November 2015
Today, ACARA has released results of research which provides additional evidence that automated essay scoring is a viable solution for marking NAPLAN online writing tasks.
The research, which began in 2012, has found four separate and independent automated essay scoring systems were able to mark NAPLAN persuasive writing tasks as reliably as human markers.
My School updated with 2015 Term 1 and 2 student attendance data
19 November 2015
Today, the My School website has been updated with school student attendance rates for Semester 1 (Term 1 and 2) of 2015. Attendance data are provided for: all students; Indigenous students; and non-Indigenous students.
NAPLAN online: update to technical specifications
9 November 2015
On 12 October 2015, ACARA, in conjunction with Education Services Australia (ESA), released NAPLAN online technical specifications (PDF 105 kb) via its NAP website.
Preliminary findings from a device mode effect study (final report to be released in January 2016) have further informed our position on devices suitable for NAPLAN online.