The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent authority providing a rigorous, national approach to education through the national curriculum, national assessment program and national data collection and reporting program.
ACARA collaborates with teachers, principals, governments, state and territory education authorities, professional education associations, community groups and the general public to develop national education standards that are applied across every school in Australia.
ACARA's mission is to improve the learning of all young Australians through world-class school curriculum, assessment and reporting.
Significant reports including the annual National Report on Schooling in Australia– the major report of statistical and related information about educational outcomes – and national data standards manuals are published on this site in the Reporting section. A number of selected reports relating to the development processes of the Australian Curriculum are also available. Reports relating to the National Assessment Program (NAP) are published on the NAP website.
Visitors are encouraged to watch the overview video describing this and our other websites that are accessible from the Quick links.
A message from the CEO – November 2013
The 2012 National Assessment Program – Science Literacy public report published
10 December 2013
ACARA is pleased to announce the release of the 2012 National Assessment Program – Science Literacy (NAP–SL) (pdf 3.23 MB) public report. The report is available on the ACARA’s National Assessment Program (NAP) website along with the detailed technical report.
Differing reports on literacy and numeracy skills of young Australians
5 December 2013
A recent report by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) examines why we receive such differing reports on the literacy and numeracy of young Australians.
Work Studies consultation closing soon
26 November 2013
This is a reminder that the draft Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, Years 9–10, is open for public consultation until Sunday 8 December 2013.
Reflections on the Global Education Leaders’ Program
14 November 2013
The Global Education Leaders' Program (GELP) brings together education leaders who are committed to transforming education and developing the skills to lead changes. GELP meetings provide an opportunity for member jurisdictions to share practices, goals and challenges, as they interact with other systems' leaders, policy-makers, thought leaders and world-class consultants.
Dr Phil Lambert, ACARA's General Manager, Curriculum, recently attended the GELP conference in New Delhi.
ACARA clarifies NAPLAN standards and achievement scale
11 November 2013
The minimum standards currently used for NAPLAN were set in 2007 and ACARA has commenced work to review these with the implementation of the Australian Curriculum, the move to online assessment and in the light of international reports.