Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Update

The Australian Curriculum and the NTCET

Debbie Efthymiades Exec Director Strategic Policy & Performance, DET NT Minister’s Nominee on ACARA Board 2009-2011

edu.Background – ACARA ACARA Board established June 2009  Extensive web presence:   Oversee all aspects of the National Assessment Program (including sample assessments and NAPLAN) .

Background – ACARA  2010: My School (  Main focus to date on information that is consistent across Australian schools (eg NAPLAN) .

.My School – way forward Review/evaluation  Priority areas:  ◦ Consistent financial reporting ◦ Increased consistency in Senior Years reporting – including VET.

Assessment and Certification Authorities) – Boards of Studies – Sue Healy & Tony Considine (VETiS)  Included early work on Australian Certificate/s of Education (2006-7)  Focus on comparing assessments and grades across sample subjects in particular  .Background – National Curriculum National Curriculum commenced in 2008 under interim National Curriculum Board (NCB)  Extensive earlier work by ACACA (Australasian Curriculum.

National Curriculum: K-10 Draft K-10 curriculum in English. Mathematics.australiancurriculum. Science and History available at:  Public consultation until 23 May 2010.  .edu.

National Curriculum: K-10  Comprises ◦ content and ◦ achievement standards .

National Curriculum: K-10  Comprises ◦ content and ◦ achievement standards .

Giving Feedback .

. ◦ certification requirements.Senior Secondary Curriculum   More complex (including 10-12 v 11-12) Issues to be considered such as: ◦ determination of assessment requirements and processes (eg how subjects are assessed and how systems will define cut-off scores on assessment results etc). ◦ quality assurance procedures. and ◦ (in due course) processes to address national consistency in performance standards when reporting and certifying them.

Senior Secondary Curriculum      Working closely with ACACA agencies to develop: Content and achievement standards A shape paper for each of the 4 learning areas 14 courses (4 in English. . 4 in science and 2 in history) – reflecting most commonly offered subjects across Australia To be available for consultation April 2010 with finalisation for publishing Sept 2010. 4 in mathematics.

Senior Secondary Curriculum: Key ideas/ assumptions Where scope of course is equivalent – national course will be used  States and territories will continue to offer other courses that complement the nationally developed courses. ◦ vocational education and training pathways . ◦ student need and interest. ◦ learning pathways that build on learning in K–10 and connect to post-school options. in particular with ACACA agencies.  Decisions about any additional national courses should consider:   ACARA intends to develop principles and guidelines that will be subject to consultation.