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Title: ACARA: a new national agency


1
ACARA a new national agency
  • Barry McGawMelbourne Graduate School of
    Education, University of MelbourneChair,
    Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting
    Authority

Australasian Curriculum, Assessment and
Certification Authorities Conference - Perth 13
July 2009
2
Role of ACARA
3
Taking over national curriculum
  • Initial brief
  • English, mathematics, science, history from 2011
  • An early addition
  • Geography and languages other than English
  • Added in April 2009
  • The Arts
  • Report requested by October 2009
  • on implications of making the entire curriculum
    national

4
Taking over national assessment
  • Taking on role of Performance Measurement and
    Reporting Taskforce (PMRT)
  • Conduct of NAPLAN
  • 2009 done
  • 2010 development underway
  • Curriculum to provide a framework for future
  • Conduct of NAP (sample surveys)
  • Science
  • Civics and citizenship
  • ICT competence
  • Other to inform curriculum evaluation/development
  • Production of annual national report on schooling
  • Commencing with 2009 report

5
Taking on school reporting
  • Collecting data
  • NAPLAN 2008 and 2009
  • SES measures on students
  • Building database
  • Contract being finalised
  • Data analysis and reporting
  • Feasibility study underway, led by NSW DET
  • Estimating impact of schools
  • All schools involved
  • Comparing schools with statistical neighbours
  • Estimating gain produced (so-called value
    added)
  • Estimating efficiency/cost effectiveness

6
Board membership
7
Current curriculum work
8
Use of K-12 scope and sequence
  • Strategy
  • Draft produced by writer and small team
  • National forum to discuss draft
  • Revision on website for several months for
    comment
  • Final versions adopted by Board to guide detailed
    work
  • Progress on scope and sequence documents
  • Completed for English, maths, science, history
  • Commencing for geography, languages, the arts
  • Preliminary conclusion re strategy
  • Initial debate on broad structure helpful

9
Development of detailed curriculum
  • Working teams
  • Writers
  • Advisory panels
  • Board
  • Work sequence
  • Elaboration of content
  • Development of achievement standards

10
Possibilities and risks of broader role
11
Opportunities and risks
  • Connecting curriculum and assessment
  • Clear achievement standards for teachers
  • Clear frameworks for national assessment
  • Clear and valid reporting for parents and the
    public
  • New forms of assessment
  • ICT-based
  • Adaptive
  • Dynamic
  • Bigger agenda has elements with political risks
  • If we do it well, there is much to be gained
  • If we do not do it well,

12
bmcgaw_at_unimelb.edu.au
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