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October 2019

David de CarvalhoNew video in the 'Fanning the flames of wonder' series

Watch episode 3 of ACARA's video series: 'Fanning the flames of wonder' brought to you by ACARA's CEO, David de Carvalho.

In this episode, David discusses formative and summative assessments and NAPLAN’s role in a comprehensive and balanced assessment approach.


NSW curriculum review contributes to national process

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has welcomed the release of the Interim Report of the NSW Curriculum Review.
“The interim report for consultation, Nurturing Wonder and Igniting Passion, is a thoughtful and valuable contribution to public conversation in relation to the ongoing work of ACARA in refining the Australian Curriculum,” said David de Carvalho, CEO of ACARA.
“ACARA looks forward to engaging with Professor Masters in relation to the interim report’s proposals. In particular, there are opportunities for collaboration on further decluttering the Australian Curriculum, which NSW adopts and adapts according to its particular circumstances.
“What is particularly encouraging about the report is that it sees disciplinary knowledge and general capabilities as interdependent, not separate domains that are in competition and have to be taught and assessed in isolation from each other. This is consistent with the way the Australian Curriculum is structured.”
Mr de Carvalho said the issue of identifying the essential core knowledge that all Australian children and young people are entitled to know in common is a focus of ACARA’s work, and collaboration with all states and territories is vitally important to this process.



World Teachers' Day

Every year in October, we celebrate World Teachers' Day. This is an international initiative run by UNESCO, and this year's theme is “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession”.

The day provides the occasion to honour the teaching profession, to take stock of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents. 

A big thank you to all teachers across Australia who are making an amazing contribution in shaping the education and future of their students!



ACARA's annual report published

We have published our annual report for the period 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019 (PDF 6 mb).

Annual report cover


Read a new edition of Parent Update

Read the latest issue of Parent Update, ACARA's e-newsletter that brings national education news about NAPLAN, My School and the Australian Curriculum to parents.

Parent Update


Bangladesh delegation visits ACARA

A delegation led by Mr Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury, Hon. Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education in Bangladesh, recently visited ACARA.

The delegates were interested in learning about the role and function of ACARA, the development of the national curriculum, national assessments and school reporting. The visit was coordinated through an international development organisation, focused on working with the public sector in developing countries.

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