The skills and knowledge captured in the ELA/literacy standards are designed to prepare students for life outside the classroom. They include critical-thinking skills and the ability to closely and attentively read texts in a way that will help them understand and enjoy complex works of literature. Students will learn to use cogent reasoning and evidence collection skills that are essential for success in college, career, and life. The standards also lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person who is prepared for success in the 21 st century.
The writing of the senior secondary Australian Curriculum commenced in 2009 with expert writers and advisory group members. An initial draft of the senior secondary English subjects was published for national consultation in 2010. Consultation meetings were held throughout June and July 2010 and many groups made submissions. Following consultation and in response to that feedback, writing recommenced in May 2011 and a national forum was held in August 2011. The recommendations of all the stakeholders were incorporated into the documents and further consultation with curriculum authorities and professional associations were undertaken prior to the release of the draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum for national public consultation between May and July 2012. The consultation feedback (see Consultation Report ) along with national and international feedback contributed to further revisions and consultation with state and territory education authorities in August and September 2012. Final revised and quality assured documents were approved by the Standing Council of Ministers in December 2012. The final senior secondary curriculum is published on the Australian Curriculum website .
The senior secondary Australian Curriculum for English incorporates: