Through world-class curriculum, assessment and reporting, ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) will improve the educational outcomes of all young Australians.
Curriculum: Charged as an independent authority, we take a national approach to education through developing and implementing a world-class national curriculum. Visit the Australian Curriculum website for more information.
Assessment: We run the national assessment program – the national tests students take in school – including NAPLAN. We are also responsible for the My School website, which gives information on the performance and resources of more than 9500 schools.
Reporting: We produce a number of reports, notably the National Report on Schooling in Australia – a major report of statistical and related information about educational outcomes.
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ACARA understands that parents and carers across Australia would have received their child’s
NAPLAN individual student reports by 8 September. The video below contains important advice
and information about NAPLAN.
National Assessment and Surveys Online Program: tailored test design 2013 study
Tailored test design is sound, feasible and more engaging
25 September 2014
Key findings from the research, completed by ACARA and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, have revealed that the tailored test design – a key concept in the move to online assessment – is sound, feasible and more engaging for students.
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Prize winners of National Literacy and Numeracy Week announced
30 September 2014
The National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) 2014 prize winners have been announced.
Thousands of students participated in the week’s official activities – Reach for the Stars, Read for Australia and Poem in your Pocket – between 25-31 August. Schools who submitted activity results on the NLNW website went into the draw for the chance to win some great educational prizes.
ACARA head faces some tough questions
26 September 2014
ACARA CEO Rob Randall is no stranger to being drilled by media, tackling tough questions about everything from NAPLAN to My School, but a question posed by a reporter from The Australian Education Times proved one of his toughest...
Statement from ACARA Chairman: The importance of an Australian Curriculum
19 September 2014
Australia is a relatively small country despite its geographic size. Education is important to the economic and social wellbeing of all Australians and, in an increasingly globalised world, it is important to work collaboratively across the nation to establish what we want young people to learn and be able to do. Education ministers agreed on that in the Melbourne Declaration and the Australian Curriculum is delivering it.
Online trials come to a close
19 September 2014
ACARA has been undertaking a range of research activities to look at the feasibility and practicality of delivering NAPLAN tests in an online environment. Online trials in almost 270 schools across the country to finalise the targeting of the test design and its branching mechanism have now concluded.
Teaching children to save lives
17 September 2014
Today at North Cottesloe Primary School, Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, joined Triple Zero hero, five-year-old Ethan Ribiero and his classmates, to launch the Triple Zero Kids Challenge Teachers Guide.
'Meet and Greet' with Wolfram Mathematica
16 September 2014
On Thursday 18 September ACARA will be hosting a Wolfram Mathematica Language User ‘Meet and Greet’ for key technology stakeholders.
Statement from the Chairman, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)
11 September 2014
ACARA has a productive relationship with the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) and values its contribution to the education debate. However, I am disappointed that in this case APPA has chosen to selectively choose quotes from me and then collectively use them to infer support from me for the conclusion in its paper that NAPLAN is high-stakes and the proposal that NAPLAN data should be removed from My School.
ACARA’s response to APPA’s My School – NAPLAN Discussion Paper
11 September 2014
Today the Australian Primary Principals Association released a report, My School – NAPLAN Discussion Paper.
Robert Randall, ACARA Chief Executive Officer, said today, 'We welcome APPA’s support for NAPLAN, but disagree with the paper’s conclusions'.
Online trials reach Tennant Creek in NT
9 September 2014
ACARA is committed to ensuring a wide cross-section of the educational school community is represented in the online trials which are currently taking place across the country. These trials will conclude at the end of this week and are being held to finalise the targeting of the NAPLAN online test design and its branching mechanism.
Online safety in the Australian Curriculum
8 September 2014
As children access online technology from an increasingly early age, the Australian Curriculum covers online safety from Foundation year. As they progress through their schooling, students learn how to recognise online bullying and harassment, how to apply online protocols and recognise and respond safely to inappropriate online content through the Australian Curriculum for health and physical education and digital technologies.
Dr Jennifer Buckingham: Using school data wisely
5 September 2014
This week in education policy the spotlight has been on the appropriate use of performance data.
Two new reports questioned the validity of looking to East Asian school systems for guidance on Australian schools policy purely on the basis that those systems perform well in international assessments.
Online trials: Close to 20 000 online tests have been held across Australia
4 September 2014
Between 18 August and 12 September this year, 300 schools are taking part in a study to finalise the targeting of the test design and its branching mechanism; that is, the way students are directed to certain sets of questions based on their demonstrated abilities.
Reading for Australia together
29 August 2014
Across Australia, parents, teachers, students and school community members were invited to take part in the reading activity to help celebrate National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW).
NAPLAN results: Open letter to parents
25 August 2014
More than a million of Australian school-age children in Year 3, 5, 7 or 9 took the NAPLAN tests (the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) in May.
The results for this year's tests will be with you over the coming weeks, earlier than in previous years. Some time in August or September – the exact timing varies from state to state – you will receive your child's NAPLAN report.In the NAPLAN report, your child's results will be shown against six levels of achievement.
ACARA CEO Robert Randall wrote a letter to parents, explaining how to read the test results.
Read the full letter to parents by Robert Randall, ACARA CEO (PDF 132 kb)
National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2014: Top achievers awarded
25 August 2014
Schools around Australia have been encouraged to take part in National Literacy and Numeracy Week, which runs from 25 to 31 August 2014.
Minister for Education the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP said National Literacy and Numeracy Week aims to celebrate learning and raise awareness of the importance of reading, writing and mathematics skills.
Online trials off to a good start
27 August 2014
Since 2012, ACARA has been undertaking a range of research activities to look at the feasibility and practicalities of delivering NAPLAN tests in an online environment. Delivering tests online gives opportunities to administer better testing and provide faster turnaround of results. This is primarily through tailored testing (where test questions are tailored to the individual student’s ability).
ACARA releases update to Australian Curriculum website
27 August 2014
Version 7.1 of the Australian Curriculum website was released today with some new features and iconography. Updates include:
- New icons for each general capability and for most cross-curriculum priorities: In order to make the icons easily accessible and downloadable for third parties, many of the icons on the Australian Curriculum website have been updated.
- Collapsible show/hide navigation panel on the ‘Curriculum’ page: This is collapsible for the curriculum browser and learning area pages to enable columns and text to fit better on the screen.
Australian Financial Review: Education in the age of technology
25 August 2014
Emily Parkinson of the Australian Financial Review writes about school teachers seeking new ways to engage and educate students in the age of digital technologies.
Spotlight on industry links as National Science Week continues
20 August 2014
The central role of science in underpinning Australia’s many achievements in research and technology development, as well as enhancing our standard of living, is on show as National Science Week continues.