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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.

Farewell from former ACARA Chair, Professor Barry McGaw AO  


Top news 

NAPLAN embargo period – test material not to be shared yet

15 May 2015

NAPLAN 2015 has concluded for most students, with around one million students from Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 taking the assessments.

A reminder that a strict embargo on NAPLAN test material remains in place until Friday 22 May 2015.

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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.

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What's new


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.

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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.

How does My School link to NAPLAN?

8 May 2015

Next week, around one million students will participate in the annual NAPLAN tests. Student reports will be distributed in August–September and school-level NAPLAN data will be published on the My School website early next year. Parents can now compare the 2014 NAPLAN results for their child’s school with the results of schools with similar students. See our new infographic below which shows how NAPLAN gets people talking.


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NAPLAN online: automarking

30 April 2015

Dr Stanley Rabinowitz, ACARA General Manager, Asessment and Reporting, says:

Currently, student writing is marked using a set of criteria. The marking is done by individual markers with checks by senior markers. This process will continue with NAPLAN online, using the same criteria which will be fed into marking computer programs, with checks also done along the way by ‘human’ markers. This is an important point - automarking will still involve teachers throughout the process.

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