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Parliament passes legislation to create new national education authority

Today the Australian Curriculum, Asssessment and Reporting Authority Bill 2008 was passed by the Senate, clearing the way for the creation of a new national statutory authority to manage the development of a National Curriculum and a national system of assessment and reporting.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) will be a key driver of the Australian Government’s Education Revolution, leading to a new era of transparency for Australian schools.

In October, the Council of Australian Governments agreed that new the authority would be responsible for the management of curriculum, assessment and reporting at the national level.

The Authority will be led by a 13 member expert Board of Directors made up of experts nominated by each of the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments as well as the Catholic and Independent school sectors. ACARA will report to all Australian education Ministers through the Ministerial Council.

It is internationally recognised that achieving world class education standards requires the close alignment of curriculum, assessment and accountability to set high expectations for all students and reinforce a relentless focus on improving student outcomes.

ACARA will enable that combined focus, including more effective transparency and accountability mechanisms that meet the needs of students, parents, teachers and the broader community.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority will be at the forefront of the Australian Government’s commitment to provide all young Australians with a world class education.