Statements of learning

NAPLAN is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. Currently NAPLAN tests reflect state and territory curricula via the Statements of learning for English and the Statements of learning for mathematics.

The statements of learning for English and mathematics are the result of collaborative work by state and territory education authorities and other representatives to achieve greater consistency in state and territory curricula (in the absence of a national curriculum which is currently being developed). The statements of learning set out the knowledge, skills, understandings and capacities that students in Australia should have the opportunity to learn and develop in English and mathematics.

The statements of learning are not a curriculum in themselves. Instead, they contain a series of statements about essential opportunities to learn in these particular areas which jurisdictions have agreed to implement in their own curriculum documents.

Once the Australian Curriculum is finalised and implemented across the nation, ACARA will work with state, territory and federal governments and other stakeholders to develop assessment frameworks which reflect and measure achievement against the Australian Curriculum.