ACARA’s reference and advisory groups

National Assessment, Data, Analysis and Reporting Reference Group

The National Assessment, Data, Analysis and Reporting Reference Group (NADAR) provides ACARA’s executive with high-level advice on the appropriateness, opportunities and potential risks associated with the work proposed and undertaken by ACARA within the scope of its remit. The group ensures that jurisdictions or organisations have regular and meaningful opportunities to provide advice and feedback to ACARA on its assessment and reporting work program. The group has representatives from all departments of education, test administration authorities (where these are separate from the department), the Catholic and independent school sectors and other relevant stakeholders. 

F–12 Curriculum Reference Group

The F–12 Curriculum Reference Group gives high-level expert advice to the ACARA executive in support of strategic initiatives that enhance the development, implementation and improvement of the Australian Curriculum. Members of this group bring a range of jurisdictional perspectives that reflect national, state and territory priorities. The group has representatives from each state and territory, and federal government, nominated by the relevant member of the Australian Education Senior Officials Committee (AESOC), and one nominee from the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) and the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA). 

National Testing Working Group

The National Testing Working Group is a forum for information-sharing and collaboration among ACARA, testing authorities and stakeholders about NAPLAN. The group provides advice on operational processes and products of NAPLAN, test development and national operational policy, and administration and reporting activities, and provides quality assurance to achieve high-quality tests in a nationally consistent framework. The group has representatives from all test administration authorities, and the Catholic and independent school sectors. 

Measurement Advisory Group

The Measurement Advisory Group provides ACARA’s executive with expert and independent educational measurement and assessment advice and input for the National Assessment Program (NAP) and the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). It also provides input into all other assessment and educational measurement activities defined by ACARA's charter, work plan and priorities. The group comprises of nationally and/or internationally recognised independent experts in the field of educational measurement: 

  • Prof. Ray Adams, Director, Centre for Global Education Monitoring, ACER (also Chair MAG), Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
  • Prof. David Andrich, Chapple Chair in Education, University of Western Australia
  • Prof. Barry McGaw, Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Gage Kingsbury, Doctor, Senior Research Fellow and founder, Kingsbury Center at NWEA
  • Dr Catherine McClellan, Director, Assessment & Psychometric Research,  Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
  • Prof. Mark Wilson, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dr Siek Toon Khoo, former (retired) Research Director, Psychometrics and Methodology,Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group provides ACARA with expert guidance and advice about the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in the Australian Curriculum. It also advises ACARA on the protocols and cultural sensitivities that need to be considered by ACARA business units as ACARA proceeds with its curriculum, assessment and reporting programs. The group comprises individuals with demonstrated expertise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and community engagement. 

Students with Disability Advisory Group

The Students with Disability Advisory Group provides ACARA with high-level advice and expertise regarding the needs of students with disability in relation to ACARA’s curriculum, assessment and reporting programs.  The group has representatives from each state and territory, and federal government education department or curriculum authority, the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC), the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA), the Australian Association of Special Education, Children and Young People with Disability Australia, and peak national principals’ association. It also includes two individuals with relevant research expertise in the area of students with disability.