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Standardised Testing in Primary Schools


Standardised Testing Results for 2016/2017 are now due, upload results on now.

Supporting Assessment:  Standardised Testing in Primary Schools

Circulars 0056/2011, 0018/2012, 0045/2014, 0027/2015 and 0034/2016 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 2017, you should carry out the tests in accordance with circulars 0056/2011 , 0018/2012 and 0045/2014, 0027/2015, 0034/2016 & 0038/2017

The results of these tests should be uploaded onto the Esinet portal on or before Friday, 16 June 2017.

Step by Step Guide to Uploading Reports


  • 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.


  • 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.


In the case of special schools if, in the view of the school principal, all relevant pupils have a learning or physical disability which would prevent them from attempting the tests, no action is required. If a special school has pupils who are eligible to be tested in 2, 4 or 6 class, you are required to submit a return on Esinet.


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.



Address: Curriculum and Assessment Policy Unit, Department of Education and Skills, Block 2 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 RC96

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

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