The Australian Government has announced a review of the Australian Curriculum evaluate its robustness, independence and balance and examine the content and development process.
The Terms of Reference for the review are below.
Review of the Australian Curriculum Terms of Reference
- The Review of the Australian curriculum will evaluate the development and implementation of the Australian Curriculum.
- The reviewers will consider the robustness, independence and balance of the Australian Curriculum, including:
- the process of curriculum shaping, development, monitoring, evaluation and review.
- the curriculum content from Foundation to Year 12 for subjects developed to date, with a particular focus on the curriculum for English, mathematics, science, history and geography.
- The reviewers will provide recommendations to the Commonwealth Minister for Education regarding:
- the curriculum shaping process followed by Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to ensure that the curriculum is balanced and offers students an appropriate degree of choice and diversity;
- the process of curriculum development to be followed by the ACARA for the development and revision of all future curriculum content;
- the content in learning areas, cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities of the Australian Curriculum;
- the ongoing monitoring, evaluation and review of curriculum content used by ACARA to ensure independence, rigour and balance in curriculum development; and
- The reviewers provided a preliminary report to the Commonwealth Minister for Education on 28 March 2014. The Panel will provide its final report to the Commonwealth Minister for Education by 15 August 2014.