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According to the DENI and CCEA parents of primary school pupils were assured on Incas assessments that;

These assessments provide parents and teachers with valuable information about a child’s progress in these important areas of the curriculum.

In an attempt to minimise the scale of the failure of Incas CCEA and the DENI have initiated a hastily organised cover-up of the expensive University of Durham’s CEM flop. Two press releases were issued by CCEA painting a picture of minor effect and maximum concern. Nothing could be further from the truth given that parents are expected to rely upon these assessment results as a main measure of attainment in primary school. The assessments are mandatory but the checks on the validity and reliability of the software aren’t. Note the language of the/ reassurance offered by the DENI and CCEA.


No commitment to parents and pupils. Is there a pattern here from Minister Ruane’s Department of Education and CCEA?

Incas advice

Source: CCEA letter to school principals.



In summary, CCEA buy Incas software for Pupil Profiling and Parent Reporting. Incas falls over because of inherent problems with the software. CCEA were unaware of the extent of the problem but ask the vendor of the flawed product to give them an excuse to sell to parents and schools. CCEA issue press releases seeking to reassure parents and principals and even write instruction letters for principals and teachers to placate parents. CCEA  now claim to have initiated checks on Incas and seek to reassure that all is well.

Parents simply ask: How can they have any trust in information provided by schools on their children’s attainment in learning at primary schools?