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Standardised Testing in Primary Schools

Notice:

Standardised Testing Results for 2013/2014 are now overdue, upload results on www.esinet.ie now.

Supporting Assessment:  Standardised Testing in Primary Schools

Circulars 0056/2011, 0018/2012 and 0045/2014 asked schools to implement a range of measures relating to the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy.

These measures included the implementation of standardised testing at 2nd, 4th and 6th class in primary school and the reporting of the information from these tests to parents, boards of management and the Department of Education and Skills.

How to make returns

During May/June 2014, you should carry out the tests in accordance with circulars 0056/2011 , 0018/2012 and 0045/2014.

The results of these tests should be uploaded onto the Esinet portal on or before 16 June 2014.

Step by Step Guide to Uploading Reports

DATA ENTRY

  • The designated data entry person in your school should log onto the Esinet portal, click on ‘Literacy and Numeracy Returns’, and then ‘CAP Application’, before entering the results of the tests on the form on screen, and clicking ‘Submit’.
  • Once the scores are submitted, the data entry person should log out.

APPROVER

  • The designated approver in your school should then log onto the Esinet portal, click on ‘Literacy and Numeracy Returns’, and then ‘CAP Application’.
  • If the approver is satisfied that the correct scores have been entered, he/she should click ‘Approve’
  • A message will appear to say ‘Thank you. Your records have been successfully approved’.
  • The approver should then click ‘Finish’

Please note the following points in relation to the uploading of returns on the Esinet portal:

  • All returns must be submitted online. Postal returns will not be processed
  • Returns should be submitted by the designated data entry person in your school and then approved by the designated approver
  • Submitted returns will not show up in the OLCS approval list. The approver must log into the application and approve the data.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR SPECIAL SCHOOLS: NIL RETURN OPTION

In the case of special schools if, in the view of the school principal, all relevant students have a learning or physical disability which would prevent them from attempting the tests, the system now allows you to make a nil return.  In this case, please do not enter data into the STen levels.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR INFANT SCHOOLS

As infant schools have no pupils in second, fourth or sixth class, no return is required.  If an infant school logs on to the system, the school will not be recognised by the system.

Contact

Email: deirdre_quinn@education.gov.ie

Address: Curriculum and Assessment Policy Unit, Department of Education and Skills, Block 2 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1

Phone: (01) 889 2038 Fax: (01) 889 2040

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