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Try out the ERC’s new computer-based tests for Primary schools!

The ERC is currently standardising new reading and maths tests for primary school pupils (from 2nd to 6th class). A small number of free tests are available on a first come, first served basis to interested schools. The tests have to be taken before the end of the current school year (i.e., June 2018), withRead more…

Second report on the Educational Experiences and Outcomes of Children with Special Educational Needs

A collaborative research team from the ERC and the DCU Institute of Education have completed a second report on the Educational Experiences and Outcomes of Children with Special Educational Needs. The report was published by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) on Monday, 26th March 2018. Peter Archer, Caroline McKeown and Jude Cosgrove (ERC)Read more…

Temporary positions available

Temporary positions available for the scoring of student responses on reading, mathematics and science assessments About the Positions In April, May and June 2018, the Educational Research Centre (ERC) will be involved in scoring student responses on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). PISA isRead more…

New review of the international literature on addressing educational disadvantage and of strategy in Ireland

The ERC publishes a new review of the international evidence on strategies identified as effective in addressing educational disadvantage, updating a similar review carried out by the Educational Research Centre in 2005 (Archer & Weir, 2005). The literature relating to each of six main strategies identified as effective in addressing educational disadvantage is summarised andRead more…

Second report in ERC Research Series released

The second report in the ERC’s new Research Series was released on December 18th 2017. 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 Inside the primary classroom: What happens in Fourth Class? and was written by AidanRead more…

Results of PIRLS 2016 released

Ireland’s national report on PIRLS and ePIRLS 2016 has been released, to coincide with the release of the international reports on the two studies.  PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) takes place every five years and examines the reading achievement of pupils in Fourth Class.  The 2016 cycle also saw the introduction of anRead more…

Impact of Project Maths on the Performance of Students in Junior Cycle Mathematics

Gerry Shiel and Cathy Kelleher (ERC) have completed an evaluation of the impact of Project Maths on performance in Junior Cycle mathematics on behalf of the NCCA. The report draws on achievement data from international assessments and national examinations, as well as interview data involving mathematics teachers,  to identify strengths and weaknesses in students’ mathematicalRead more…

Free post-primary tests have all been allocated!

All DES funding to promote engagement with standardised tests at post-primary level has now been allocated.  Successful applicants will now have free access to new tests of English reading and Mathematics for Second Years, using the Drumcondra Online Testing System (DOTS). Funding was on a first-come first-served basis. All our tests remain available for sale.Read more…

Baseline report on the Digital Learning Framework Trial

The ERC published the baseline report on the Digital Learning Framework (DLF) Trial Evaluation on May 17, 2018. The report gives a starting context for interpreting the overall findings and progress made by participating schools over the course of the trial, which concludes in June, 2018. The final report on the DLF trial evaluation will beRead more…

Dr Thomas Kellaghan (1933-2017): An Appreciation

Tom Kellaghan, founding Director of the Educational Research Centre, has died aged 83 years on March 10 after a short illness.  Born in Mullingar, he lived in Tralee for several years before returning to Mullingar to complete his secondary schooling.  He spent time as a seminarian in the African Society of Missions before studying atRead more…

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