Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

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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 the My School website about the performance and resources of more than 9500 schools around the country. We publish a range of reports, including the National Report on Schooling in Australia  and the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) national report.

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NAP sample assessment – ICT literacy


Top news 


ACARA CEO wins the Australian College of Educators Award 2014

7 November 2014

ACARA CEO Robert Randall was awarded the Alan Laughlin Perpetual Award for leadership in education at the Australian College of Educators Inner Sydney Region Annual Awards 2014.

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What's new


Positions vacant: Senior Project Officers x 4

14 November 2014

ACARA is currently advertising for four Senior Project Officer roles in English, Science, HPE and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.

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Remembrance Day

11 November 2014

Today we remember those Australians who have died or suffered in war and armed conflicts around the world, particularly those who fought so bravely in World War I. Students from each state and territory represent the youth of Australia in the national ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The Australian Curriculum -- history ensures students have the opportunity to learn about Australia’s participation and experiences in wartime, and allows for reflection of our military history, its costs and impacts on our nation.

Lest we forget.

ACARA welcomes new APPA president

6 November 2014

ACARA welcomes the appointment of Mr Dennis Yarrington to the role of president of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA), beginning in January 2015.

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Response to IPA report on the Australian Curriculum: English

4 November 2014

A report released today by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) contains factual inaccuracies about the role of an Australian curriculum.

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Annual Report 2013–14 released

31 October 2014

ACARA has tabled its Annual Report for 2013–14, which documents our achievements over the past financial year. You can see some of the highlights of our work (PDF 74 kb).

Read the full Annual Report 2013–14 (PDF 3.4 mb)


Message from the Chairman: ACARA welcomes the move to better and faster assessment

25 October 2014

ACARA’s Chairman, Professor Barry McGaw AO, welcomed today’s announcement by the Commonwealth Minister for Education, the Hon. Minister Pyne, of a commitment from the Australian Government of $24.7 million to move NAPLAN online.

“ACARA looks forward to moving NAPLAN online as soon as possible – to provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information,” said Professor McGaw.

Read ACARA's media release (PDF 106 kb).

Please direct all media enquiries to: Robyn Ziino, Director, Communications and Strategic Relations: 0404 746 263

ge from the Chairman, ACARA, regarding the report of the Review of the Australian Curriculum

13 October 2014

The Board and staff of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) will take the opportunity to read the report of the Review of the Australian Curriculum now that it has been released. ACARA notes that Minister Pyne will discuss the report with state and territory ministers at the December meeting of the Education Council. ACARA will offer comments and advice to that Council meeting.

Professor Barry McGaw AO
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

Please direct all media enquiries to: Robyn Ziino, Director, Communications and Strategic Relations: 0404 746 263

NAP – ICT Literacy sample assessments started on 13 October

10 October 2014

From Monday 13 October around 12 000 Australian students from Years 6 and 10 are sitting the National Assessment Program – information and communication technology literacy (NAP – ICT literacy) tests online. These students have been randomly selected from over 650 government, Catholic and independent schools in metropolitan, rural and remote locations around the country.

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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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