The year 2019 marks the end of an intensive and extensive period of test development activities, resulting in newly-normed standardised tests for primary schools in mathematics, English reading and Irish-language mathematics (paper-based versions for first-sixth classes, and online versions for third-sixth classes). The previous versions of the tests are to be phased out by the end of the 2019-2020 school year, and 2019 is the first year in which primary schools may avail of the new online tests.
During 2019 and 2020 the ERC will establish its medium-term strategy for test development and assessment in consultation with various stakeholders.
Currently available tests
The ERC currently offers tests at primary and post-primary levels.
- List of tests at primary and post-primary levels
- Overview of new developments (paper and online) at primary levels
- Overview of online tests at primary and post-primary levels.
Click on the ERC Paper Tests and ERC Online Tests tabs at the top of the page to find out more.
Testing support service provided
Schools/teachers can have learners’ tests processed in a variety of ways:
- Paper-based tests can be manually scored (by the teacher), with standard and STen scores manually assigned
- Paper-based tests completed on answer sheets (third-sixth classes) can be sent to the ERC for scanning, with a group-level report returned to the school electronically or in hardcopy.
- Paper-based tests can be computer-scored by the school using the computer-based Drumcondra Tests Scoring System. The Scoring System allows users to generate multi-year reports, if data are inputted over several years for the same pupils.
- Online tests are automatically scored with individual and class-level reports available for immediate download by the teacher/school manager.
- Schools also have the option to input test score data to externally-developed electronic administration systems which in turn generate reports.
email@example.com (paper-based tests)
firstname.lastname@example.org (online tests)
Test Department – paper-based tests: 01 837 6714 or 01 837 7380
DOTS (online tests): 01 8065 204 or 01 8065 223 (Extension 204 or 223)