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Online tests for Primary schools (Free offer limit reached)

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new online Drumcondra Primary tests. Please note, the limit for our offer of free tests has been reached – many thanks to all schools who applied. The tests can now be purchased by accessing DOTS using your log in. If you have not already signed up,Read more…

ERC strategic plan 2019-2021 published

On April 3, the ERC published its first strategic plan covering 2019-2021. While the Centre has been in existence since 1966, it was not established as an independent statutory body until September 2015. The strategic plan attempts to capture the dual elements of transition and tradition, building on what has been achieved in order toRead more…

Process Data Conference and Workshop, Dublin – May 2019

Conference and Workshop Event 16th-17th May, Riu Plaza The Gresham, Dublin 1, Ireland The Educational Research Centre (Dublin, Ireland) and Educational Testing Service (Princeton, NJ, USA) are collaborating to support the growing interest in log-file and process data from international large-scale assessments. A conference and workshop will take place on the 16th and 17th May,Read more…

New report on Transition Year published Feb 20, 2019

This report presents findings from a three-year, three-wave longitudinal study of students’ experiences and perceptions of Transition Year (TY) and associated socioemotional outcomes. The report focuses especially on the student voice: what students know and think about TY while in Third Year, such as the parts of TY that would attract them and those thatRead more…

New report on the evaluation of DEIS at post-primary level

On January 7th, the ERC published the latest report on the evaluation of the DEIS programme. The report, by Susan Weir and Lauren Kavanagh, describes trends in student achievement and attainment in DEIS and non-DEIS schools over time. Findings indicate a continued narrowing of the gaps in both of these outcomes between DEIS and non-DEISRead more…

New report on the Home-School-Community Liaison Scheme in DEIS schools

The Home-School-Community Liaison (HSCL) Scheme was established in 1990 in designated areas of disadvantage by the (then) Department of Education. Initially introduced as a pilot project, the scheme was extended several times, and in 2005 became available to all primary and post-primary schools that were participants in DEIS. The philosophy underpinning the scheme is theRead more…

Final Report on the Digital Learning Framework Trial Evaluation

The final report on the Digital Learning Framework trial evaluation was published on October 22, 2018. The report describes the progress, successes and challenges experienced by staff in the 48 primary and post-primary schools that took part. It follows on from the baseline report, published in May 2018. It identifies seven implications for the nationalRead more…

New CEO of the Educational Research Centre Appointed

Dr Jude Cosgrove has been appointed as the new CEO of the Educational Research Centre and formally takes up the position on September 17. Jude previously worked in the Centre for 18 years from 1997-2015. During this time she took a one and a half year leave of absence to work in the Australian CouncilRead more…

New report on the lives and learning of pupils in urban DEIS primary schools

On September 11th, the ERC published the latest report on the evaluation of the School Support Programme under DEIS. As part of the evaluation, large-scale assessment of reading and mathematics achievement has been carried out on four occasions since 2007, most recently in 2016. Previous evaluation reports have summarised the achievement outcomes from each roundsRead more…

Fourth report in ERC Research Series released

The fourth report in the ERC’s Research Series was released on August 16th 2018. The Research Series is designed to provide regular and accessible reports on aspects of the research carried out by the Centre. The new report is titled PIRLS and ePIRLS 2016: Test content and Irish pupils’ performance, written by Eemer Eivers andRead more…

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