ACARA Update extra, March 2015

Australian Curriculum website updated

Six language curricula made available

ACARA has made six language curricula available (Arabic,
German, Korean, Modern Greek, Spanish, and20150330_languages Vietnamese) on the Australian Curriculum website for Foundation – Year 10.
Japanese curriculum will be made available next week.

The curricula are awaiting final endorsement from the Education Council comprising federal, state and territory education ministers; however, they are now available for states and territories to use in their jurisdictions.

This is the second group of language curricula to be released by ACARA (Chinese, French, Indonesian and Italian curricula were released in July 2014). Further languages to follow are Turkish, Hindi, AUSLAN, Classical Greek and Latin.

See the language curricula on the Australian Curriculum website.

Primary illustrations

In another update to the Australian Curriculum website, a series of 20 videos has been released to illustrate the management of the Australian Curriculum within primary schools. These videos provide primary school leadership teams with information about different approaches being taken to manage the Australian Curriculum.

Each primary school describes the steps they have taken to manage the Australian Curriculum. Planning proformas, timetables or other documents that help to demonstrate their work are now available on the Australian Curriculum website.

The 20 primary schools in the videos represent government, Catholic and independent school sectors from across Australia. These schools are from metropolitan, rural and remote areas and range in size from 130 to over 700 students.

See the videos on the Australian Curriculum website.


NAP – science literacy trial assessment delivered online


20150330_assessmentThe NAP–SL online trial is now complete.

Over 1000 students from 50 schools in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have completed the online trial test.

Sufficient data have been collected to ensure the assessment instrument developed for the test to be administered contains items that are reliable and valid. Operational procedures and technology infrastructure were also tested in the lead-up to the trial via a technical readiness check, and a helpdesk support line was made available to all schools, both prior to and throughout the testing period.

The operational test will be conducted online in Term 4.