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ACARA welcomes new Chair

26 November 2021

ACARA welcomes Derek Scott as Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.   

"I congratulate Derek on his appointment as Chair. Derek has been a member of the ACARA Board since January 2021 and we look forward to continuing to work with him, particularly at such a key time in ACARA's work as we progress the full transition to NAPLAN Online and finalise the review of the Australian Curriculum," ACARA CEO, David de Carvalho, said. 

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NAPLAN is for everyone: Help for students with disability sitting NAPLAN

22 November 2021

All students should have the opportunity to participate in NAPLAN, as they do other school events throughout the year, and there are a range of adjustments available to support students with diverse learning needs and functional abilities to do the tests. The adjustments allow an equivalent experience for students during testing and include, for example, magnification, alternative questions, keyboard accessibility, extra time, rest breaks and tailored testing. 

In a new series of videos, students with disability and their parents, carers and teachers share their experiences of using NAPLAN’s disability adjustments.

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Digital Technologies in focus

04 November 2021

Thousands of Australian teachers who participated in a program to support delivery of Digital Technologies lessons in the classroom gained skills and confidence that proved vital for the switch to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ACARA’s Digital Technologies in focus (DTiF) project was a 4-year program, funded by the Australian Government, designed to upskill teachers and enable them to teach the new subject Digital Technologies.

The unique project has now been independently recognised to improve engagement and achievement for students in some of the country’s most disadvantaged schools, but it also has proven to be vital in providing timely tech skills to teachers.

Media release

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ACARA CEO addresses SMH School Summit

01 March 2021

ACARA CEO, David de Carvalho, recently took to the stage as part of the third annual Sydney Morning Herald Schools Summit to discuss the upcoming Australian Curriculum Review.

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Redfern Speech anniversary

21 December 2020

In December we reflected on the landmark Redfern Speech made in 1992 by former Australian Prime Minister, Paul Keating.

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ACARA CEO meets with teachers

21 December 2020

ACARA CEO, David de Carvalho, recently caught up with board members of the Australian Professional Teachers Association (APTA) to give them an update on the progress of the review of the Australian Curriculum.

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ACARA - 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.

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