The Australian Curriculum Assessment Grid (unofficial) is now available for v8.0 of the ACARA Australian Curriculum.
This is an assessment grid in the form of an Excel spreadsheet with all Australian Curriculum content descriptions and elaborations. You can use it to mark your students.
The new v8.0 curriculum now has 12403 elaborations (up by 315 from v7.5). These come from 3250 content descriptions in 28 subjects from Foundation to Year 10.
Thank you for all of your interest in the previous version. There was well over 1000 likes and shares on Facebook, which is overwhelming. It was also overwhelming for our little aussieED website which went down multiple times. It couldn’t handle getting 8000 hits in a few days, especially with the large file download. I’ve added the project to SourceForge as a result. Click below to be taken to the download page.
The new version, as well as being for the latest version of the national curriculum (v8.0), has some extra features.
Add up to 35 students for assessment purposes.
Double click cells to mark students
Mark multiple students and outcomes with a simple select and click interface
Available marks: “little understanding”, “some understanding”, “full understanding” and “no data”.
Display controls include full width, 100% zoom, distraction-free full screen interface, regular Excel view mode and a scroll bar for zooming.
Filter by subjects, years (F-12), strands, content descriptions, elaborations and more.
Extra Information + Disclaimer
When you first open the file, security warning may show. Click Enable Editing and Enable Content buttons to begin. If you don’t do this, the macros cannot run. This will mean that the marking interface and buttons will not work. Other functions such as filtering and colours will still work. There are no malicious scripts in the macros. I coded them myself.
The spreadsheet has been tested with Windows 7 and Windows 10 running Microsoft Excel 2010 and 2013. It should work with Mac OS X running Excel for Mac but I haven’t been able to test it yet.
As always, backup often. If you choose to use this to hold your students’ assessment data, backup in multiple places to a physical storage device and to the cloud or server in a different physical location. Also, I’m a teacher, not a programmer. I make no guarantees for anything!
Use your professional judgment as to how or whether to use this assessment tool. You are given the option of selecting from three levels of understanding for each elaboration. You know that’s only part of the assessment story.
Teachers from NSW and some other states will not be able to use this tool. NSW teachers do not use the ACARA curriculum. I would like to create a similar tool for the current NSW BOSTES curriculums but it will take some time. The
Subjects are at various stages of implementation. Check the ACARA Australian Curriculum website for the most recent changes.
This spreadsheet does not include the general capabilities. A future version might if there is interest.
All data here is ported from the ACARA spreadsheet downloads page. This was made possible because ACARA had the foresight to make available their curriculum as structured data. Thank you, ACARA. Please, take note BOSTES!
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© Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) 2010 to present, unless otherwise indicated.
This material was downloaded from the Australian Curriculum website (accessed 14/11/2015) and was modified. The material is licensed under CC BY 4.0. Version updates are tracked on the Curriculum version history page of the Australian Curriculum website.
ACARA does not endorse any product that uses the Australian Curriculum or make any representations as to the quality of such products. Any product that uses material published on this website should not be taken to be affiliated with ACARA or have the sponsorship or approval of ACARA. It is up to each person to make their own assessment of the product, taking into account matters including, but not limited to, the version number and the degree to which the materials align with the content descriptions (where relevant). Where there is a claim of alignment, it is important to check that the materials align with the content descriptions (endorsed by all education Ministers), not the elaborations (examples provided by ACARA).
You can also download the old 7.5 version.