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New standardised test of English literacy for 1st Years – Available free of charge until 6th Nov. 2020

The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), in collaboration with the ERC, is delighted to announce an exciting new standardised test of literacy in English for use in post-primary schools, called the Post-Primary Assessment and Diagnosis – English (PPAD-E). The PPAD-E is a screening and diagnostic tool for assessing literacy skills that is specifically designed forRead more…

Prodigy Learning to provide online assessment platform for standardised testing in Irish schools

The ERC is delighted to announce Prodigy Learning has been awarded the contract to provide an online assessment platform for standardised testing in Irish primary and post-primary schools by the ERC. The ERC are partnering with Prodigy Learning to provide a state-of-the-art platform for delivering standardised tests to Irish schools. Further details can be foundRead more…

Tumoideachas i mBunscoileanna lán-Ghaeilge i gCeantair Mhíbhuntáiste

Tá tuairisc ar an tumoideachas i mbunscoileanna DEIS Banda 1 agus 2 foilsithe ag COGG (An Chomhairle Um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta). Rinne na húdair, Karen Ní Chlochasaigh (Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál, Luimneach), Gerry Shiel (an Foras Taighde ar Oideachas) agus Pádraig Ó Duibhir (Institiúid Oideachais, Ollscoil Bhaile Átha Cliath) iniúchadh ar athróga a bhaineannRead 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…

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…

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…

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