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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.

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Top news 

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.

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Primary illustrations

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.

Robert Randall
Chief Executive Officer



What's new

Is NAPLAN valuable for parents?

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.

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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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Click on the image to see the full version (PDF 552 kb)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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