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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…

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…

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