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…

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…

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.