Research Impact: This paper maps assessment policy in a changing and contested assessment environment in the Republic of Ireland. The paper tells the story of assessment in junior cycle from the first progress report in 1999 on a review of the curriculum that had been introduced for students in the junior cycle of post-primary schools in 1989 to the 2015 Framework for Junior Cycle. The intention to move away from assessment as solely a means of making summative judgements towards assessment as a support of learning and teaching is documented. The paper provides a context to the more recent discussion in Ireland around post-primary teachers being responsible for assessing their own students’ work.
MacPhail, A., Halbert, J. and O’Neill, H., 2018. The development of assessment policy in Ireland: a story of junior cycle reform. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, pp.1-17. doi: 10.1080/0969594X.2018.1441125