Parents kept in dark
IRISH primary schools are well below the international average in informing parents about how they rate academically.
In Ireland, 25pc of schools never inform parents about matters such as standardised tests, compared with 7pc internationally.
However, Irish schools are good at telling parents about non-academic accomplishments
Co-author of the report Eemer Eivers said that the type of information given to Irish parents was somewhat imbalanced. She said Ireland was unusual too, in the extent to which homework is used as a means of communication between home and school.
The new Numeracy and Literacy Strategy puts a requirement on schools to improve reporting to parents.
TEACHERS ARE YOUNGER
Irish teachers are younger than average, have high levels of career satisfaction, average confidence in their ability to teach maths, and below average confidence in their ability to teach science.
While internationally, 14pc of teachers are under the age of 30, in Ireland it is 40pc, and their youth may explain why 69pc of Irish teachers are satisfied in their job, compared with 54pc internationally.
Teachers report very low levels of collaboration with other teachers, and lower-than-average participation in continuing professional development activities for reading, maths, and science.
OUR SCHOOLS 'SMALLER'
Irish schools tend to be considerably smaller than schools in most countries, and more likely to be located than rural areas.
Ireland was one of only three countries where no children could access a science laboratory, and was slightly below average on availability of computers for pupils.
The average number of pupils in a classroom in Ireland is slightly larger than average at 26 pupils, compared with 24 or 25, internationally, but the overall pupil:teacher ratio is in the average range once all teaching staff are considered.