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.
9 October 2015
In The Australian article today, 'School prayer groups a ‘doorway to extremism’, Cathy Byrne is noted as being a member of an ACARA advisory group on intercultural understanding (which has not met since July 2014). While Dr Byrne is a member of one of our many advisory groups, she has no authority to speak on behalf of ACARA, and ACARA does not agree with her personal views.
Australian Curriculum: endorsed and improved
18 September 2015
Today the Education Council has endorsed Australian Curriculum in eight learning areas.
The Australian Curriculum that was endorsed includes:
- The revised Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, Technologies and Health and Physical Education.
- Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Languages for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Spanish and Vietnamese.
- Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, Years 9–10 (an optional subject designed to ready young people for work).
Revisions have been made to previously available Australian Curriculum to make the curriculum easier to manage, particularly for primary schools, simplify the curriculum’s presentation and strengthen the focus on literacy.
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Working collaboratively together in an online environment is an increasingly common part of twenty-first century living and working.
ACARA, along with the NSW Department of Education, is a part of a global project that includes education agencies in Ireland and Sweden. The project is exploring the development of innovative, high-quality online assessment methods and tasks that will give reliable data on students’ collaborative problem-solving skills.
12 October 2015
Students will be able to use a wide range of devices, such as laptops, notebooks, computers and portable tablet devices, on Windows, Mac and Chrome platforms, when NAPLAN goes online from 2017.
Today ACARA has released minimum technical specifications for devices to be used for NAPLAN online. For more information, visit the 'Technical requirements' page of the NAP website and see the NAPLAN online technical requirements supporting document (PDF 98 kb). The specifications also include information on a minimum screen size required, network capability, supported operating systems, minimum disk space, security and external equipment, such as a pair of headphones, keyboard and mouse.
NAP sample – Science Literacy tests begin
12 October 2015
From today, around 14,000 Australian students from Year 6 will be sitting the National Assessment Program – Science Literacy (NAP–SL) tests online. These students have been randomly selected from over 630 government, Catholic and independent schools in metropolitan, rural and remote locations around the country.
Read more in a recent issue of the ACARA Update e-newsletter
18 September 2015
ACARA is working with federal, state and territory education authorities to ensure My School is user-friendly and fair and continues to be an important resource for parents, principals and policy makers.
“My School provides a wealth of data on more than 9,500 schools around the country, and we know that the information on the site about student schooling is valued,” ACARA CEO Robert Randall said.
“The improvements agreed to today include a new measure of student attendance to be added to the My School website by end 2015; and a new My School landing page with concise and accessible information and a review of standard text on all pages, to ensure it is readily understandable by a range of audiences for My School 2016.”
Further advice on proposed improvements will be taken to the Education Council in December 2015.