NT Board of Studies

The Northern Territory Board of Studies (NTBOS) develops and provides high quality curriculum, assessment, reporting and certification to students in the Northern Territory from Preschool to Year 12.

The Board's focus includes Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS), Year 11 and 12 outcomes, and the Northern Territory Curriculum and Assessment framework, as well as middle years, early childhood, Indigenous education, and awards and scholarships.

The Board promotes a common curriculum for the compulsory years of schooling which is designed to provide a challenging level of education for all learners, whatever their aspirations and abilities; and to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to learn in recognised areas.

In the pursuit of equity, the Board fosters the fullest participation in education of groups and individuals for whom participation may involve special problems. Student achievement is recognised through an inclusive framework of certification that aims to ensure every young person leaves school with appropriate documentation.

The operational business of the Board is carried out by the relevant operational sections of the Department of Education.The Board is comprised of 16 members representing parents, employers, principals, teachers, post-school educators, unions, government and non-government schools sectors and the Indigenous community.

The Board meets approximately four times per year.

Below are the functions of the Board.

  • To provide advice to the Minister for Education and the Chief Executive of the Department of Education on curriculum policy in relation to:
  • Establishing and maintaining curriculum frameworks that encompass the needs of all students in the Territory school education system
  • Establishing and maintaining procedures for student assessment, reporting and certification
  • Monitoring, evaluating and reporting on student performances
    • Improving student outcomes
    • Government policy that impacts on the Board’s functions
    • To co-operate and consult with prescribed authorities or bodies engaged in education and related matters

NTBOS Strategic Directions

Strategic Directions 2013-2015 (pdf 34 kb)

National Assessment Program

Student achievement in the early years through to middle years of schooling is assessed by classroom teachers and reported against the Northern Territory Curriculum Standards described in the Northern Territory Curriculum Framework. The National Assessment Program measures and monitors student achievement against national and international standards.

It includes:

National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

The 2013 NAPLAN National Report has been released. This report provides detailed information on the achievement of Australian students on national literacy and numeracy tests.

Monitoring the Effectiveness of the F-10 Australian Curriculum

This report, commissioned by the Northern Territory Board of Studies, provides a summary of the feedback received from Northern Territory teachers concerning the Australian Curriculum. It includes feedback relating to the whole and specific components of the Australian Curriculum as well as teachers’ comments on their experience of implementing the curriculum.