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.
Australian Curriculum website updated
31 March 2015
Six language curricula made available
ACARA has made six language curricula available (Arabic, German, Korean, Modern Greek, Spanish, and Vietnamese) on the Australian Curriculum website for Foundation – Year 10. Japanese curriculum will be made available next week.
In another update to the Australian Curriculum website, today a series of 20 videos has been released to illustrate the management of the Australian Curriculum within primary schools. These videos provide primary school leadership teams with information about different approaches being taken to manage the Australian Curriculum.
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Australian Government review of the My School website
22 March 2015
ACARA welcomes the Australian Government’s review of the My School website.
My School provides a set of quality data that schools, teachers, parents and the wider community can use to help ensure that every child in every classroom receives a high-quality education.
ACARA welcomes any discussion on ways to improve My School – to ensure that My School continues to be a useful resource for improving student learning.
Chief Executive Officer
17 April 2015
Wondering what NAPLAN is about, if it is worth your child taking part or if they need to prepare for it? Hear from the Australian Parents Council, Council of State School Organisations and Catholic School Parents Australia in this series of four videos.
NAPLAN 2015 is coming
13 April 2015
The annual National Assessment Program – literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) tests will be held on 12, 13 and 14 May for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Students will participate in tests for reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
13 April 2015
What did some parents, teachers, principals and students have to say about NAPLAN 2014? Check out our new infographic:
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NAP – science literacy trial assessment delivered online
1 April 2015
The NAP–SL online trial is now complete.
Over 1000 students from 50 schools in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have completed the online trial test.
ACARA responds to an article in The Australian
31 March 2015
The article 'Civil society remade: citizenship becomes a fluid idea at school' (The Australian, 28 March 2015) contains numerous factual inaccuracies.
The Australian Curriculum – civics and citizenship is a robust and world-class curriculum that will shape young Australians to be confident and engaged citizens.
Blog: A national HPE curriculum - what difference will it make?
26 March 2015
ACARA CEO Robert Randall recently penned a blog post for the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) on the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education.
Robert will be a keynote presenter at the upcoming ACHPER International Conference in April.
ACARA hosts phonics forum
20 March 2015
As part of ACARA’s work in responding to key matters highlighted in the Australian Government’s Review of the Australian Curriculum as agreed by education ministers, today ACARA is holding a Phonics Forum. The forum brings together a range of phonics experts to consult on ways to strengthen phonics in the Australian Curriculum: English.
National Day of Action against bullying and violence
20 March 2015
Today will see more than 890,000 students across Australia join together to take a stand against bullying and violence with anti-bullying events happening in every state and territory.
Recognising bullying behaviour, dealing with bullying and harassment and understanding its impact on relationships (including online relationships) are just some of the areas covered in the Australian Curriculum: health and physical education.