Australia Education: Federal Government publishes more drafts in first national curriculum

Written on the 16 May 2012

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) have released the draft curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and History, for consultation before a final curriculum is agreed by all Education Ministers at the end of this year.

All Year 11 and 12 students will study and be assessed against the same curriculum under the national Senior Secondary Curriculum.

School Education Minister Peter Garrett said this was a major milestone: "Under the Gillard Government we're delivering the first ever National Curriculum, meaning students from Tasmania to the Top End will learn the same things and be assessed against the same achievement standards," he said.

The first four subjects for Foundation year to Year 10 are already being taught in schools across the country, with curricula currently being developed for the Arts, Geography and Languages.

Publication of the draft curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and History is the next big step in the programme to ensure that Australian students are studying a common curriculum, whichever school they attend.

ACARA has released draft curriculum for the senior secondary subjects of English, Literature, Essential English, English as an Additional Language/Dialect, Essential Mathematics, General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Ancient History and Modern History.

The content will align as much as possible with the current content being taught in senior high schools. State and Territory authorities will continue to be responsible for certification, assessment and examination for senior secondary years.

The National Curriculum is one of the key education reforms of Julia Gillard's Labour Government. It aims to provide every Australian student with a common learning entitlement, and makes clear what they need to learn as they progress through school.

Consultation for the draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum closes on 20 July.

Source: The Information Daily 14.05.2012


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