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Temporary positions available

The ERC is recruiting temporary staff to score children’s responses on an international reading assessment (PIRLS). Scoring is expected to take place on-site in the ERC from 1 – 19 November. Applications (CV and cover letter) and enquiries to vacancies@erc.ie by 5 pm on Fri 8 October. Click here to download further information about theRead more…

New Head of Governance and Corporate Affairs at the ERC

September 2021: The ERC is delighted to welcome our new Head of Governance and Corporate Affairs, Damian Downes, and congratulate him on his appointment.  Damian was previously Director of Corporate Services at the Medical Council (2019 – 2021), and College Secretary and Registrar at the National College of Art and Design (2011 – 2019). Prior toRead more…

Irish Journal of Education (IJE) – Volume 44 now available online

We are delighted to announce the publication of the first three articles in Volume 44 of our new online-only Irish Journal of Education (IJE), which you can access here. You can also access all previous issues of the IJE. The new online-only publication format means that we will be publishing articles as they are reviewed andRead more…

New ERC report examines home and school learning environments, and wellbeing, attitudes and ‎aspirations of students in DEIS and non-DEIS post-primary schools in Ireland.‎

The Educational Research Centre (ERC) launches a new report on June 30th 2021 examining the home ‎and school learning environments of 15-year olds in DEIS and non-DEIS schools. The report – Beyond ‎achievement: home, school and wellbeing findings from PISA 2018 for students in DEIS and non-‎DEIS schools – also describes findings regarding students’ attitudes,Read more…

ERC publishes second report on its longitudinal evaluation of the Digital Learning Framework (DLF)

The ERC has published a report on its independent evaluation of the implementation of the Digital Learning Framework (DLF). The DLF is an important strand of the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. The report describes the perspectives of Digital Learning Team leaders (or principals) and teachers, considers progress in implementing the DLF, and describes implications,Read more…

Irish Journal of Education (IJE) – Volume 43 now available online

The Educational Research Centre has published Volume 43 of the IJE.  Featuring a lead article on Tom Kellaghan, founder of the Educational Research Centre and its Director from 1966 to 2009, the article, co-authored by Mary Lewis and Gerry Shiel, records Tom’s considerable contribution to the journal while capturing key elements of the history ofRead more…

Test Department phone queries (2pm to 4pm only)

Please note, in order to process test orders as quickly as possible, the Test Department will only take phone queries between 2 pm and 4 pm, daily, on 01 837 76 14.

ERC DOTS is now live!

We are delighted to announce that our new online assessment system, ERC DOTS (Drumcondra Online Testing System), is now live and ready for schools to use. All schools should have received an email from the ERC at the end of April with unique login credentials for their own accounts. Primary and post-primary schools can purchase tests, set up testRead more…

NAMER 2021 field work begins

After being postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the administration of the National Assessments of Mathematics and English Reading (NAMER) tests and questionnaires will begin next week, on May 4th. The administration window runs until May 14th. Approximately 12,000 pupils in Second and Sixth classes, along with their teachers and principals, willRead more…

ERC launches initial national report for TIMSS 2019

The Educational Research Centre (ERC) today launched the initial national report for TIMSS 2019 (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). TIMSS is one of the world’s largest studies of educational achievement and today’s report describes the main achievement findings in mathematics and science for students at Fourth Class and Second Year. It can be downloaded here.

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