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Standardised Testing in Primary Schools

From: Department of Education and Skills

Supporting Assessment

Circulars 0056/2011 , 0018/2012 and 0026/2019 asked schools to implement a range of measures relating to the Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life .

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 2019, you should carry out the tests in accordance with circulars 0056/2011 , 0018/2012 and and 0026/2019.

The results of these tests should be uploaded onto the Esinet portal on or before Friday, 14 June 2019.

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.


  • 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 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.

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 us


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

Phone: (01) 889 2081, (01) 889 2342