The Australian Curriculum sets the expectations for what all Australian students should be taught, regardless of where they live or their background. For Foundation – Year 10, it means that students have access to the same content and their achievement can be judged against consistent national standards.
Annotated work sample portfolios for each learning area or subject support teachers to make on-balance judgements about the quality of their students’ achievement and help to develop consistency across the country.
Any subjects published prior to 2016 will not be found in this resource. English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography work samples can be found as PDF documents below the year level achievement standards in each learning area.
About work sample portfolios
Each portfolio demonstrates student learning in relation to the achievement standard. When publication is completed for all learning areas, three portfolios will be available for each achievement standard, illustrating satisfactory, above satisfactory and below satisfactory student achievement. The interactive format allows teachers to compare work samples at different levels of achievement to assist them make their judgements.
Each portfolio comprises a collection of students’ work drawn from a range of assessment tasks. There is no predetermined number of student work samples in a portfolio, nor are they sequenced in any particular order. Each work sample in the portfolio may vary in terms of how much student time was involved in undertaking the task or the degree of support provided by the teacher.
The portfolios comprise authentic samples of student work and may contain errors such as spelling mistakes and other inaccuracies. Opinions expressed in student work are those of the student. The portfolios have been selected, annotated and reviewed by classroom teachers and other curriculum experts.
ACARA acknowledges the contribution of Australian teachers in the development of these work sample portfolios.
How to navigate the site
Using the 'Search' function, enter a learning area, select a year or band level, portfolio level, click ‘search’.
How to navigate in a portfolio
On the portfolio landing page, you can read the summary of the portfolio, select a work sample to view or select a different portfolio level.
How to navigate a work sample
On the work samples page, there is a summary of the task students completed, the achievement standard (learning area and subject, if applicable) highlighted to reflect the teacher's expectations when designing the task and the work sample.
You can also select the same work sample to view or compare in a different level portfolio.
F–6 Technologies work samples available
Three portfolios (above satisfactory, satisfactory and below satisfactory) are available for F–6 Design and Technologies, and Digital Technologies.
F – 6 Health and Physical Education work samples available
Three portfolios (Above satisfactory, satisfactory and below satisfactory) are available for F –6 Health and Physical Education.
F–6 The Arts work samples available
Three portfolios (above satisfactory, satisfactory and below satisfactory) are available for F–6 The Arts: Visual Arts.
Work samples for F–6 The Arts: Dance, The Arts: Drama, The Arts: Media Arts, The Arts: Music.