Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NAPLAN and the Australian Curriculum

"With the Australian Curriculum for English and mathematics, as well as the general capabilities (numeracy and literacy) being implemented from Foundation to Year 10 around Australia, ACARA is working to redesign NAPLAN assessments. 

This will ensure alignment with the Australian Curriculum and we anticipate changes being in place for NAPLAN in 2016"

Professor Barry McGaw AO, PhD
Chairman   ACARA

Friday, October 31, 2014

New Resources

Attention: Head of Curriculum (Please forward)

(1) Australian Curriculum Tests (Years 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

(2) Detailed answers to the 2014 ACARA NAPLAN Tests (Years 3, 5, 7, 9)

(3) Free electronic copy of the new 48 page Mathematics Workbook for Year 6 and Year 7

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Saturday, October 25, 2014


ACARA welcomes the move to better and faster assessment
The Chairman of ACARA, Professor Barry McGaw AO, welcomed today’s announcement by the Commonwealth Minister for Education, the Hon. Minister Pyne, of a commitment from the Australian Government of $24.7 million to move NAPLAN online.
“ACARA looks forward to moving NAPLAN online as soon as possible – to provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information,” said Professor McGaw.
“When students take NAPLAN online, they will get test items that are matched to their level of performance. They will not get items that are too difficult or too easy for them,” Professor McGaw said. “The computer will tailor the test to the students’ achievement level by marking their responses as they work through the items in the tests.”
“The same NAPLAN achievement scale will be used, but students’ achievements will be measured more precisely, particularly for students in the high- and low-achieving categories, and results will be returned much more quickly than at present. NAPLAN test items will reflect the Australian Curriculum in English and mathematics, meaning that the best preparation for NAPLAN is for teachers to focus on teaching the curriculum.”
Professor McGaw said, “In recent research, funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, ACARA confirmed that online delivery of tests, tailored by the computer to students’ level of achievement, works well and is more engaging for students“. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Free Mathematics Workbook

Free copy of "In the Running for the Olympics" mathematics workbook.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Monday, October 13, 2014

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Answer to NAPLAN Maths Question


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NAPLAN Maths question

Try this maths question on fractions:

On Monday, 64 customers came to Mr Smith's hamburger shop and 7/8 of them bought a hamburger. On Tuesday, 64 different customers came to Mr Smith's hamburger shop and 2/4 of them bought a hamburger.

What fraction of all customers bought a hamburger on the two days? (Answer: Friday Oct 10)