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ERC – Minister Bruton joins the DOTS

On March 10th, Minister Richard Bruton, launched the new Drumcondra Online Testing System (DOTS) and a suite of standardised “Drumcondra” tests for post-primary schools.  The DOTS is a cloud-based, fully integrated, secure system for the delivery of standardised tests to Irish students. In parallel with the development of the testing platform, three new standardised testsRead more…

ERC – Impact of DEIS on Class Size (Primary) Report

The ERC has been conducting an independent evaluation of the DEIS programme in primary and post-primary schools since 2007. As well as assessing the programme’s effects on participants in a range of areas including student outcomes, much of the evaluation effort has been aimed at ‎monitoring implementation of the programme in key areas. These includeRead more…

ERC – PISA 2015 results launched

The science, mathematics and reading literacy results from PISA 2015 were launched by the Department of Education and Skills, on December 6th. The major domain for this cycle of PISA was Science. Reading literacy and Mathematics were minor domains. PISA 2015 marks the first time PISA was administered entirely on computers. For the full report please click here. ForRead more…

ERC – TIMSS 2015 in Ireland: Report on initial results launched

A report on the first set of results from TIMSS 2015 for Ireland was launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., on November 29th. The report provides trend information on student achievement in mathematics and science at Fourth Class (primary) and Second Year (post-primary) as well as international comparisons. Click hereRead more…

ERC – Two new reports on PISA 2012 released

Two new reports on PISA 2012 mathematics were released on October 7th. The first, A Teacher’s Guide to PISA Mathematics and Problem Solving: Findings from PISA 2012, describes findings from the mathematics and problem-solving assessments in PISA 2012 and reflects on how these findings are relevant to the teaching and learning of mathematics in Ireland.Read more…

ERC – National Assessments 2014: 2nd Report Launched

The second report on the 2014 National Assessments of English Reading and Mathematics was launched on September 28th. The report presents analyses of data from questionnaires administered to pupils, parents, teachers and principals in conjunction with the assessments. The report aims to provide a context in which the English reading and mathematics performance outcomes outlinedRead more…

ERC Newsletter

On the occasion of our 50th anniversary the Educational Research Centre presents its latest newsletter.

ERC Online testing site launches

The Educational Research Centre draws on 40 years of experience in test development to provide research-based, reliable information to schools about their students. The online tests are currently available for post-primary schools only, but tests for primary schools will be added in the near future. All our tests have been specifically developed for an Irish population. Furthermore,Read more…

Educational Research Centre now a statutory body…

The Educational Research Centre has been established as a statutory body under Section 54 of the Education Act, 1998. Extracts from formal Ministerial statement

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