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Welcome

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 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
ACARA  


 

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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The Australian Government’s Review of the Australian Curriculum

5 March 2015

At today’s Education Council meeting, education ministers agreed to recommendations, proposed by ACARA, to respond to the Australian Government’s Review of the Australian Curriculum.

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My School
updated for 2015

5 March 2015

The 2015 update of data on the My School website has been released today. Chair of ACARA, Professor Barry McGaw, says: “My School contains 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".

In addition to the results from the 2014 round of NAPLAN testing, the 2015 My School release contains the latest (2014) profile and population data on each school, latest financial figures, seven years of performance data for comparison, student attendance data and a refreshed look and feel.

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Read ACARA's media release and Minister Pyne's media release

My School league tables: ACARA's response

My School provides quality data to assist schools, teachers, parents and the wider community to know more about schools. A key feature of the My School website is that the data are presented in context, taking account of the socio-educational background of a school’s students. Using this information, fair comparisons can be made. ACARA opposes the use of simplistic league tables that result in unfair comparisons between schools.

Robert Randall
Chief Executive Officer
ACARA 
 


 

What's new

 

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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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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National Assessment Program (NAP) – science literacy trials start today

16 March 2015

Fifty schools and over 1,000 Year 6 students from New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria will participate in the NAP – science literacy field trials between 16 and 27 March.

NAP sample assessments test students’ skills and understanding in the areas of science literacy, civics and citizenship, and information and communication technology literacy on a rolling three-yearly basis. Only selected groups of students in Year 6 participate in these sample assessments.

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