ACARA news, June 2016

Consultation period for language curricula extended

30 June 2016

*Updated: consultation extended until 8 August*

Draft language curricula for Auslan (Australian Sign Language), the Framework for Classical Languages, Classical Greek and Latin, funded by the Australian Government, have been released for public consultation.

To view draft curricula and provide feedback, visit the Australian Curriculum Consultation website.

New interactive platform for work samples

30 June 2016

Work samples portfolios show student achievement of curriculum standards for above, at and below satisfactory levels. The portfolios support teachers and schools to make balanced judgements of student performance over time, in relation to the relevant achievement standard.

Previously work samples were available in PDF format only. Now, work samples portfolios are published on the Australian Curriculum: work samples new interactive website. This new interactivity will allow the user to compare work samples that are above, at and below satisfactory more easily.

Work sample portfolios will be rolled out every two months from June until December this year. The first subjects to be released in the new online format are: Visual Arts, Digital Technologies, Design and Technologies, and Health and Physical Education.

Portfolios have been selected, annotated and reviewed by classroom teachers and curriculum experts.

ACARA website: new look

24 June 2016

Welcome to our new website!

We hope you like the updated look and feel. Our new platform gives the site new functionality, better accessibility and an easier search function.

Refreshed ACARA website coming soon

23 June 2016

Soon we will be transferring the ACARA website to a new platform, with an updated look and feel to the website.

All current content will be migrated over to the new website, so you shouldn’t notice any difference other than an improved look and feel.

New ACARA website
A screenshot of the refreshed website

Publication of NAPLAN test papers for 2008–2011

02 June 2016
As a part of our response to Freedom of Information requests received by ACARA, we have published past NAPLAN papers up to 2011 in the 'Freedom of Information' section of the ACARA website.