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Standardised Testing Information

The Department of Education and Skills announced the decision on the 27th April to cancel Standardised Testing for primary schools for the 2019/2020 school year as all schools are currently closed under Covid-19 restrictions and at that time there was uncertainty as to when schools would reopen.  The Department also announced that, as a resultRead more…

ERC offices are closed

ERC offices are closed until further notice due to the COVID 19 outbreak but email communication is operating as normal. Urgent queries to info@erc.ie or phone 086 781 1553. With best wishes to all to stay safe.

ERC Publishes Baseline Report on Digital Learning Framework National Evaluation

ERC publishes first results from the national evaluation of the Digital Learning Framework (DLF). The report describes successes and challenges of schools as they begin to implement the DLF and embed digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment activities. It draws on survey data from school leaders and teachers, as well as focus group interviewsRead more…

PISA 2018: national report for Ireland published

A national report on PISA 2018 for Ireland is published today, 3rd December 2019, alongside three volumes from the OECD on student performance in 79 participating countries. Students in Ireland are significantly above the OECD average in all three domains, with performance in reading literacy among the highest across OECD and EU countries. There areRead more…

New publication: Public Examinations Examined

This World Bank publication is authored by the late Thomas Kellaghan, founder and former director of the ERC, and Vincent Greaney. It describes public examination practices in an extensive range of countries and is likely to be of interest and relevance to policymakers, teachers, test and curriculum developers and examiners nationally and internationally. It drawsRead 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…

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