We provide primary schools with a range of achievement tests (colloquially called “The Drumcondras”). All are specifically developed for an Irish population and were recently standardised on large samples of pupils in Irish schools.
Our new Gaeilge test can also be administered to First year post-primary students and we are developing standardised achievement tests of reading and mathematics for use in Second Year. These tests will be available before 2014, and will support the objectives outlined in the Department of Education and Skills’ Literacy and Numeracy Strategy (2011).
Currently, our tests assess the following aspects of the curriculum:
Most of our tests provide test-wide scales and parallel Forms (A & B). A test-wide scale allows school staff to track pupils’ progress from year to year, on a specially designed scale that links performance across different class levels. Parallel forms can be used to reduce opportunities for copying, or for repeated administrations. Also, the DPMT (mathematics) has performance band descriptors. These are text descriptions of the skills of pupils at various score points on the achievement test. Teachers can use the descriptors to establish learning targets for individual pupils, and to explain to parents the types of skills their child has mastered, and the types of tasks on which they may need help.
Teachers interested in assessments targeted at younger pupils (e.g., end of Senior Infants) should click here to read about the Drumcondra Test of Early Literacy and the Drumcondra Test of Early Numeracy. Teachers interested in ability and aptitude tests for post-primary level should click here.
NOTE: Our standardised achievement tests can be administered to pupils with common forms of colour blindness.