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Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

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Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

Agency executiveRobert Randall, chief executive officer
Annual budgetA$35.6 million (2019-20)
Employees93 (2018)
FormedDecember 2008 ( 2008-12 )
HeadquartersSydney, Australia
Parent departmentDepartment of Education, Skills and Employment
Websitewww .acara .edu .au

The Australian Curriculum defines a solid foundation of knowledge, understanding, skills and values for all Australian children. It recognise that children are different: they develop at different rates, have different learning preferences and areas of interest, and have different aspirations. The Australian curriculum can be used flexibly by schools, according to jurisdictional and system policies and schedules, to develop programs that meet the educational needs of their students and that extend and challenge students. Australian Curriculum achievement standards are an important focus for teachers in initial planning and programming of teaching and learning activities. They provide teachers with statement of learning expect of students at end of year or band of years, and assist in developing teaching and learning programs. Teachers use Australian Curriculum achievement standards and content to identify current levels of learning and achievement, and then to select the most appropriate content to teach individual students and / or groups of students. Teachers develop teaching programs designed to build on current learning. In each class, there may be students with a range of prior achievement. Teachers also use achievement standards at the end of period of teaching, to make on-balance judgements about the quality of learning demonstrated by students-that is, whether students have achieved below, at or above standard. To make judgements, teachers draw on Assessment data they have collected as evidence during the course of the teaching period. If individual students ' achievement is below the expected standard, this suggests that teaching programs and practice should be reviewed to better assist students in their learning in future. It also suggests that additional support and teaching that targets students ' specific needs is necessary to ensure that students do not fall behind. Assessment of student learning takes place at different levels and for different purposes, including: ongoing formative Assessment within classrooms for purposes of monitoring learning and providing feedback, for teachers to inform their teaching, and for students to inform their learning summative Assessment for purposes of twice-yearly Reporting by schools to parents and carers on progress and achievement of students annual testing of Years 3 5 7 and 9 students levels of achievement in aspects of Literacy and Numeracy, conduct as part of National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy periodic sample testing of specific learning areas within Australian Curriculum as part of National Assessment Program.

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