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ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) improves learning for young Australians through world-class school curriculum, assessment and reporting.

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 Curriculumwebsite 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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What's new

NSW Education Week launched

28 July 2014

NSW Premier Mike Baird and NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli have launched Education Week 2014, 60 years since Education Week was first celebrated in NSW in 1954.

'Education Week is the time for us all to recognise and celebrate the achievements of public schools, their students, staff and school communities,' Mr Baird said.

Find more information on the NSW Public Schools website


 

Developing and delivering assessments online

28 July 2014

ACARA has been developing and delivering NAPLAN tests to students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 since 2008. We are now investigating the feasibility of a new test design made possible by the online environment.

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Alcohol and other drugs – the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

28 July 2014

ACARA is committed to ensuring that all students receive a well-rounded education. Through the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education, we provide access to a wide variety of subjects that help young Australians develop into healthy, well-adjusted adults who are able to make informed decisions. The alcohol and other drugs aspect of the Australian Curriculum focuses on developing positive attitudes and knowledge, understanding and skills that support students to make healthy and safe decisions in relation to alcohol and drug use.

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An open letter to parents and carers – Bringing NAPLAN home: The results and your child

28 July 2014

ACARA CEO Rob Randall has written an open letter to parents and carers.

Read 'Bringing NAPLAN home: The results and your child' (PDF 85 kb) 


 

Do video games have a place in the Australian Curriculum?

24 July 2014

The Australian Curriculum recognises the use of digital technology (such as video games and mobile media) as beneficial in engaging students and keeping abreast of advancing technology and development. Digital literacy and the use of games in learning are covered in the Australian Curriculum: Media Arts.

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Parents to receive NAPLAN student reports from August

24 July 2014

In May over 1.1 million students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 took the annual NAPLAN tests to assess their skills in literacy and numeracy. From next month, parents will start receiving the results of these tests through the NAPLAN student reports. Parents should read the reports in the context of what they already know about their child’s academic performance and in conjunction with other assessment information and reports they may already have received from their child’s school.

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Explanation of the Australian Curriculum for parents

24 July 2014

ACARA is aware that from time to time schools may wish to inform their parent community about the Australian Curriculum through newsletters or presentations. To assist, we have developed text that schools may choose to incorporate into publications and presentations.

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ABC: Melbourne teenage mathlete wins gold again

23 July 2014

Seventeen-year-old maths genius Alex Gunning from Glen Waverley Secondary College (Melbourne) has achieved a perfect score at the International Mathematical Olympiad in South Africa, winning a gold medal for the second year in a row.

Read more on the ABC website


 

International Olympiad in Informatics: Aussie kids on top of the world!

23 July 2014

Australia’s four-member secondary school student team achieved our best ever result at the 2014 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) held in Taipei, Chinese Taipei, from 13 to 20 July 2014.

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Cricket Smart: have fun and learn

23 July 2014

ACARA supports Cricket Australia’s initiative ‘Cricket Smart’, which helps create a fun and engaging learning environment in Australian schools. Aligned to the Australian Curriculum, the free tool for teachers addresses general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities.

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ACARA and PIEF: successful collaboration

22 July 2014

Since 2010 ACARA has worked with the Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEF) as critical friends during the technologies curriculum development process. We thank the PIEF for their support and guidance.

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Child safety in the Australian Curriculum

22 July 2014

ACARA agrees with Mr and Mrs Morcombe that teaching students about child safety is incredibly important; we respect and acknowledge their contribution to this vitally important issue. We commend the work that Mr and Mrs Morcombe have done in producing the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum and its focus on child safety.

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Sexuality in the Australian Curriculum

22 July 2014

In a discussion on ABC’s Q&A last night, the issue of sexuality education in the national curriculum was raised.

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Four new languages curricula for the Australian Curriculum

21 July 2014

ACARA has today released the Australian Curriculum for four languages: Chinese, French, Indonesian and Italian.

Read the full article

Read 'A significant moment in Australian education history' media release (PDF 84 kb)

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MH17: ACARA expresses condolences

21 July 2014

ACARA wishes to express its condolences to the families and loved ones of those that have tragically died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

A number of educators are believed to be amongst those who have lost their lives. Their loss will be felt deeply by the teaching community, their colleagues and by students and former students alike.

ACARA would like to express our sincere sympathy to those affected by this tragedy.
 


 

 

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