Launch of TEST2r

It was a great honour for Blackrock Education Centre to host Minister of State for Higher Education, Ms Mary Mitchell O'Connor, TD, to officially launch TEST2r on Friday, 16th June, 2017.
The creator of TEST2r, Dr Pauline Cogan, was given deserved accolades for her work and she spoke of the difference this will make to future generations of children in our schools.
TEST2r is a comprehensive assessment tool used to screen and assess the emergent literacy skills which a 5 – 6 year old child should have acquired.  It is an objective measure of a child’s performance based on all of the theories of why children fail to learn. TEST2r provides an individual report on each child and pointers to intervention/resources.  Divided into two parts, the first part consists of a screener, which is made up of five tasks for use by the classroom teacher.  If a child does not perform well in the screener, then the Teacher or Learning Support Teacher will administer the second part, the remainder of the tasks are more diagnostic in nature in order to clarify any literacy sub-skill needs. The Teacher and SEN team will decide on appropriate interventions to develop these skills.  The interventions may be drawn from the teacher’s own resources or from resources tab on
Over 400 teachers throughout Ireland volunteered a great deal of time administering the research instruments over a period of 13 years on circa 1300 children. By such active participation in their own professional development, supported by Department of Education & Skills, they have ensured the authenticity of the research and have exemplified the best standards of professionalism. This extensive collaboration will ensure that TEST2r will be well received by all educationalists.

TEST2r is published by Blackrock Education Centre and is available to purchase from or by contacting the Centre at 01 236 5000.
Training on TEST2r will be available nationally in September and October 2017
For details and booking go to course bookings at
Representatives from all areas of the education support services attended, as did many teachers and principals from schools who participated in the extensive longitudinal study by Dr Cogan which formed the basis for this test
For more information and to purchase the TEST2r Kit for your school, please go to