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New ERC Research Series launched

The Educational Research Centre has launched the first in our new Research Series. The Research Series is designed to provide regular and accessible reports on aspects of the research carried out by the Centre. The first in the Series is Shaping Schools: What TIMSS tells us about education systems and is written by Eemer EiversRead 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…

ERC to conduct evaluation of the Digital Learning Framework trial

The Educational Research Centre has been asked by the Department of Education and skills to carry out an evaluation of the Digital Learning Framework trial. The trial takes place in 20 post-primary and 30 primary schools, beginning in October 2017. On 26 October, the ERC presented an overview of the evaluation to representatives of theRead 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…

Evaluation of DEIS: The latest in a series of reports concerning the evaluation of DEIS has been released.

The current report describes the results of testing in reading and maths among 17,000 second, third, fifth and sixth class students in 118 urban DEIS schools in 2016. Data on these students’ attitudes to school and school work are also described. The findings indicate that achievement in reading and maths has continued to improve inRead more…

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…

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