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.
New ACARA Board Chair, Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM
24 June 2015
Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, today announced Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM as the new Chair of the ACARA Board.
“Professor Schwartz will provide an ‘experienced pair of hands’ as ACARA’s work enters its next phase,” Mr Pyne said.
“[He] couldn’t be better placed to take on this challenging role given his excellent record as an outstanding educationalist and is highly regarded as an organisational leader, known for his vision and strategic leadership skills.”
'Your school' supplement in The Australian newspaper
20 June 2015
Today, The Australian has published its annual 'Your school' supplement. In it, ACARA’s CEO, Robert Randall, comments on how ACARA's My School provides fair comparisons.
Improving the Australian Curriculum
8 May 2015
ACARA is seeking to improve the learning of all young Australians through the development of a national curriculum. Work is underway to improve the Australian Curriculum addressing themes endorsed by the Education Council. These themes are: uncrowding the curriculum; rebalancing the curriculum; improving accessibility for students with disability; and parental engagement.
ACARA Update June 2015 issue out now
9 June 2015
In this month’s issue, we farewell ACARA Chair Professor Barry McGaw AO; look at the steps being taken to improve the Australian Curriculum; announce the public consultation for the Turkish and Hindi language curricula; and take a look at a project that aims to get students more engaged in STEM.
5 June 2015
ACARA CEO, Robert Randall, recently gave a presentation at EduTECH in Brisbane.
EduTECH is the southern hemisphere's largest education congress and ed tech expo, bringing together all sectors of the education and training industry.
STEM projects bring subjects together
3 June 2015
How do you get students more engaged with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects? Thirteen schools around the country are being supported to investigate and document an integrated approach to teaching and learning STEM in Years 9 and 10 – showing how individual subject skills can be brought together and applied to a specific school project.
Read more about the STEM Connections project in this month’s issue of ACARA Update.
Education Council meeting outcomes
1 June 2015
The Education Council met in Brisbane on 29 May 2015 for its second meeting of the year. During the meeting, the Education Council thanked Professor Barry McGaw AO, who retired from the ACARA Board effective 7 May 2015, for his outstanding service.
Professor McGaw had chaired the ACARA Board since the Authority commenced operation in 2009. He has overseen numerous important developments, including the establishment of the Australian Curriculum, the development of the My School website, and the successful administration of the National Assessment Program.
Read the Education Council meeting's communiqué (PDF 255 kb)
National Reconciliation Week: 27 May – 3 June
27 May 2015
National Reconciliation Week is celebrated each year between 27 May and 3 June. This is a significant week for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia and will be celebrated with community events across the country.
Public consultation: Turkish and Hindi language curricula
20 May 2015
Language curricula for Turkish and Hindi have been released for public consultation. You can find the language curricula and provide feedback on the curricula at the Australian Curriculum: consultation website.
What's next for NAPLAN
18 May 2015
Last week's NAPLAN tests may have been the last paper-based tests for this group of students. From 2017 (when this cohort is due to be tested again), NAPLAN will be delivered online on an opt-in basis over two–three years, with all students online from 2019. Watch our video of ACARA CEO Robert Randall explaining what research has been done so far for NAPLAN online.