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ERIC Number: ED539887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
National Testing of Pupils in Europe: Objectives, Organisation and Use of Results. Ireland 2009
Murtagh, Eamonn
Education is compulsory for all children in Ireland from the ages of six to sixteen, or until students have completed three years of second level education. At primary level, a range of assessment approaches are recommended including teacher observation, questioning and discussion, samples of children's work, portfolios, projects, tasks and tests, self-assessment by the child, standardised tests and diagnostic tests. At lower secondary level, students sit the Junior Certificate examination at the end of their third year of post-primary education. Until 1967, an optional national certificate examination known as the Primary Certificate was held for pupils completing primary schooling. Attainment in three subjects, Irish, English and Mathematics was assessed. This paper discusses the objectives, organization, and use of results of the national testing of pupils in Ireland. This paper contains the following parts: (1) General Overview of Pupil Assessment; (2) Historical Background to National Testing and its Political Framework; (3) Aims and Organizations of National Testing; and (4) Impact of National Testing.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Eurydice
Identifiers - Location: Ireland