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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.

Curriculum: We take a national approach to education through developing and implementing a robust and comprehensive national curriculum. Visit the Australian Curriculum website for more information.

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.


ACARA CEO, Robert Randall: end of year message   


Top news 


Released: the Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages; and Hindi and Turkish curricula

16 December 2015

Following endorsement by the Education Council last week, ACARA has released further language curricula as a part of the Australian Curriculum: Languages. The Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages, and Hindi and Turkish curricula have now been published on the Australian Curriculum website.

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Your child and the Australian Curriculum: fact sheets for parents released

16 December 2015

In order to improve parents’ access to the Australian Curriculum, today ACARA has released a suite of materials designed for parents. Seven fact sheets, written in plain English, describe what is typically taught in each learning area at different year bands throughout school.

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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).

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See our graphic with the key findings of the report (PDF 107 kb)

Read the COAG Education Council media release


What's new 


Australian Curriculum: Technologies paper with a focus on critical and creative thinking

18 December 2015

A paper by Julie King, ACARA's Curriculum Lead for digital technologies, has been published in the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) December newsletter.

Read the paper on the ACSA website

My School updated with 2015 Term 3 student attendance data

18 December 2015

Today, the My School website has been updated with 2015 Term 3 student attendance data.

This update follows on from the release of Semester 1 student attendance data in November 2015.

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