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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…

Research Assistant Vacancy

A panel is being created for Research Assistants at the ERC. Applications must be submitted by 5.00 pm on Tuesday, 5th July 2021 and should include a short cover letter (250 words max), a completed copy of the Research Assistant Application Form (please pay attention to the word count limits) and an up-to-date CV ofRead 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.

New ERC report compares the reading, mathematics and science achievement of students in DEIS and non-DEIS schools.

The Educational Research Centre (ERC) launches a new report on November 26th which examines the achievement of 15-year old students in DEIS schools. It is based on data collected for the OECD’s PISA study. The new report is a detailed national analysis that compares the achievements of students in DEIS and non-DEIS schools in 2018Read more…

ERC publishes report describing the students’ perspectives on their school and on learning mathematics and science in Ireland

The Educational Research Centre (ERC) today launched a report describing the students’ perspectives on their school and on learning mathematics and science in Ireland.  It reports data collected for TIMSS 2015 (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study), one of the world’s largest studies of educational achievement, based on the responses of about 9000 studentsRead more…

ERC publishes report describing the home learning environment of students in Ireland

The Educational Research Centre (ERC) today launched a report describing the home learning environment of students in Ireland.  It reports data collected for TIMSS 2015 (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study), one of the world’s largest studies of educational achievement, based on the responses of about 9000 students in Fourth Class and Second YearRead more…

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