Strategic Plan

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority Strategic Plan 2017–2020, endorsed by the Authority’s Board on 27 June 2017, is the framework which articulates the Authority’s strategic directions, including its vision, values and goals.

The plan has three strategic priorities:

  • Curriculum, assessment and standards
  • Examinations, testing and certification
  • Communication, engagement and partnerships.

The Authority will seek regular feedback on its performance against the strategic plan and use the information to improve its approaches, policies and procedures.

Our vision

To provide quality curriculum, assessment and reporting of standards of achievement of all students studying the Western Australian curriculum, so that they become confident, creative learners and active, informed citizens who contribute positively to society.

Our values

  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Equity
  • Transparency
  • Respect

Our stakeholders

  • Students and teachers from Kindergarten to Year 12 in every school (government and non-government) in Western Australia.
  • Students and teachers in overseas schools by arrangement (with the Authority) using the Western Australian curriculum.
  • Parents, school administrators and bodies representative of the education sector/systems, including the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia, Catholic Education Western Australia, the Department of Education, pre-schools and early learning centres, home educators, Training and Further Education (TAFE), universities, national education authorities and the community of Western Australia.

About us

The role of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority is to:

  • develop and accredit school curriculum
  • assess student achievement in relation to the curriculum through the administration of standardised testing and Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) course examinations
  • certify senior secondary achievement
  • report on the standards of student achievement.

The Authority has a seven-member Board appointed by the Minister for Education. Two statutory committees provide advice to the Board: the Standards Committee and the Curriculum and Assessment Committee.View All

Develop Kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum and support resources and Pre-primary to Year 12 assessment and standards that allow all students to achieve to the full extent of their capabilities.


  • Establish and maintain a database of information relating to students’ participation and achievement during their school years.
  • Provide syllabuses that articulate the knowledge, understanding, skills, values, attitudes and standards of achievement that students are expected to acquire from Pre-primary to Year 12.
  • On a cyclical basis, review and revise Pre-primary to Year 12 syllabuses, associated standards of achievement and support resources.
  • Monitor the standards of student achievement from Pre-primary to Year 12.
  • Prepare reports on the standards of student achievement attained in schools in the State.
  • Provide formal acknowledgement of outstanding achievement in secondary school through the provision of exhibitions and awards.

Develop and administer high-quality examination, testing and certification programs that instil confidence in the Western Australian curriculum and standards of achievement.


  • Implement the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and promote it as a highly regarded and rigorous Australian senior secondary certificate.
  • Promote the Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA) as a statement of student achievement issued to all Year 12 students at the end of their secondary schooling.
  • Administer the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA).
  • Administer the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in Western Australia and lead the transition to NAPLAN Online in the State.
  • Continue to lead the research, evaluation and development of the use of technology in testing, assessment and certification.

Actively promote a high level of community confidence in the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline and the WACE through conduct and stakeholder engagement that is ethical, transparent and in the public interest.


  • Ensure that our partnerships focus on the best educational outcomes for all Kindergarten to Year 12 students.
  • Maintain effective communication with all stakeholders and partners.
  • Continue to promote understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Authority.
  • Contribute responsively and effectively to national and State policy debate on matters related to Authority functions.