Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE)


Primary Department
Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE)
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
St. Patrick's Campus
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number

Academic biography

Professor Michael O’Leary holds the Prometric Chair in Assessment and is Director of the Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE) at the Instituite of Education, DCU.
Michael is a graduate of the B.Ed. Programme at St Patrick’s College and holds an M.Ed. from Trinity College, Dublin. He gained his Ph.D. in Educational Research and Measurement at Boston College in 1999. He was Ireland's representative on the OECD's Network A (student outcomes) and on the Board of Participating Countries of PISA during its first cycle.  In the late 1990s he provided statistical analysis of data for the national surveys of reading and mathematics achievement in Ireland. Between 2005 and 2007 he was a member of the NCCA working group that developed guidelines on assessment in Irish primary schools.  He was also a member of the Child Development and Education Panel of the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland during it planning phase.  Between 2007 and 2015 he was director of postgraduate studies in education at St Patrick’s College.  Appointed Director of CARPE in 2016, he now leads an extensive programme of research focused on assessment and measurement at all levels of the educational system and in the workplace. He continues to contribute to teaching of modules in classroom assessment and quantitative research methods as well as the examining and supervising doctoral students. In June 2020 he was appointed by the Minister for Education to the Independent Steering Committee on the implementation of Calculated Grades.


Research interests

Tests and Measurements
Standardised Assessments and Examinations
Classroom Assessment
Licensure and Credentialing Tests and Assessments
National and International Assessments