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The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority is responsible for the development of an Australian curriculum for all schools from Foundation to Year 12 (F-12). ACARA is directed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Education Council and reports to all Australian Education Ministers through this Council.
The Australian Curriculum sets the expectations for what all Australian students should be taught, regardless of where they live or their background.
Schools and teachers are responsible for the organisation of learning and they will choose contexts for learning and plan learning in ways that best meet their student’s needs and interests.
Catholic schooling authorities in Queensland take responsibility for supporting school leaders and staff to meet the learning needs of every student by using effective planning, teaching, assessing and reporting practices.
For more information see our fact sheet on the Australian Curriculum.
In Queensland, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) supports all schools, including Catholic schools, in implementing the Australian curriculum by providing access to resources.
National Assessment Program
The National Assessment Program (NAP) is run at the direction of the COAG Education Council. It includes:
- the National Assessment Program –Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
- three-yearly NAP sample assessments in science literacy, civics and citizenship, and information and communication technology (ICT) literacy
- international sample assessments.
Read more about the National Assessment Program here.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) annually tests all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in the domains of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy.
For more information see our fact sheet.
New Queensland Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance systems
The Queensland Government will introduce a new system of senior assessment in Queensland schools from Year 11 2019. The system proposed will balance school-based and external modes of assessment. The 2019 introduction of the new system will enable students to plan their senior pathways and allow adequate time for teachers and schools to prepare for implementation of the new model.
The government will also move towards giving Year 12 students an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), replacing the OP and bringing Queensland into line with other states and territories.
A Minister’s Taskforce with representation from Catholic, Independent and State schools, parent associations, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre is guiding the development of final senior assessment and tertiary entrance arrangements. Catholic sector representation on the Taskforce includes QCEC Executive Director, Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM, and representatives of the Catholic Secondary Principals Association Queensland and the Queensland Parents and Friends Federation.
The Taskforce provides advice on a range of important considerations, including the relative contribution of external assessment to a subject result, quality assurance processes for school-based assessment, and the methodology supporting calculation of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
Reports from each meeting of the Taskforce can be found here.
Detailed information about the new systems is available on the QCAA website.
A – E reporting
To fulfil the legislative requirements of the Australian Education Act and Regulation 2013 schools must report to parents on student achievement and progress at least twice a year using a five-point scale. Teachers use standards and social moderation processes to describe how well a student has demonstrated their learning based on a collection of evidence.
The Australian Curriculum sets out what all young people should be taught through the specification of curriculum content and the learning expected at points in their schooling through the specification of achievement standards.
An achievement standard describes the quality of learning (the depth of understanding, extent of knowledge and sophistication of skill) expected of students at points in their schooling.
My School website
In 2009 Australian education ministers committed to the publication of school information. The My School website is developed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) a Ministerial Statutory authority.
My School provides parents and the community with information about a school’s context, achievement in NAPLAN, and school finances.
For more information: QCEC fact sheet – My School website
Annual School Report
All Queensland schools are required to publish annually a minimum set of information for parents and the community. The Annual Reporting Policy for all Queensland Schools incorporates both the Queensland Government and Australian Government annual reporting requirements for schools. To view a specific school’s annual report visit the school website.
Find school details here.