The Educational Research Centre (ERC) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research, assessment and evaluation in education. It was established in 1966 in St Patrick’s College Drumcondra. In September 2015, it was designated as a Statutory Body in accordance with the Education Act (1998).
The Centre carries out research at all levels of the education system, from preschool to adult. Research is undertaken at the request of the Department of Education and Skills, at the request of other agencies and on the initiative of the ERC itself and its staff. An assessment service is also provided through, for example, the supply of standardised tests to schools.
The Centre continues to operate from a purpose-built premises located on the DCU St Patrick’s Campus in Drumcondra in Dublin. Its Test Department is based in nearby Richmond Road.