Saturday, May 12th, 2012 - The Hon Peter Garrett MP, Minister for School Education, Minister for Early Childhood and Youth
All Year 11 and 12 students will study and be assessed against the same curriculum under the national Senior Secondary Curriculum released for consultation today.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has 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.

School Education Minister Peter Garrett said this was a major milestone in the rollout of the Australian Curriculum.

“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 being taught in schools across the country, with curricula currently being developed for the Arts, Geography and Languages.

“Now we are taking the next big step towards ensuring Australian students are studying a common curriculum, no matter which 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 Gillard Government’s key education reforms. It provides every Australian student with a common learning entitlement, makes clear what they need to learn as they progress through school and lays the basis for high quality teaching in every classroom,” he said.

Consultation for the draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum closes on 20 July. For more information or to make a submission visit: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au

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