Points system is a pricing mechanism

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Economics can be useful. By this I don’t mean the quasi-mathematical faffing about that some, including practitioners, think of as economics.Nor do I mean forecasting, something economists are both poor at and addicted to doing. I mean the specific way of thinking, the juxtaposing of scarce resources versus unlimited desires …” (more)

[Brian Lucey, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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Maths can, and should be, treated the same as any other Leaving Cert subject

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Offering 25 bonus points for any student achieving a D grade or higher in honours maths was a risky educational experiment. In the market of buyers and sellers of CAO points, the laws of supply and demand come in to effect. On the demand side, naturally more students will go for honours maths since the points in this subject are now cheaper than any other subject …” (more)

[Alison Hackett, Irish Examiner, 15 August]

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Leaving cert results: Record numbers get highest possible points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Certificate students have yet again outperformed those of previous years with record numbers getting some of the highest possible college entry points. For the first time, more than 10% (5,646) of Leaving Certificate students have scored 500 points or more out of a maximum 600, before the 25-point bonus is added for up to 14,000 students who passed higher level maths …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 August]

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Impact of bonus points in Leaving Cert to be reviewed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The impact of bonus points in the Leaving Cert is under review following concerns that too many students are now opting to take higher-level maths. Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the introduction of bonus points in 2012 ‘achieved what we wanted’ in raising the ambition of students in a key subject …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys and Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 13 August]

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Minister may review Leaving Cert maths bonus points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education has not ruled out reviewing the recently introduced bonus for honours Leaving Certificate maths in light of the further rise in the number of those failing the higher paper …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 12 August]

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Leaving Cert: more college courses to require at least 500 points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A surge in the number of students taking higher level Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate is set to push more college courses through the 500 points entry threshold. Almost 58,000 Leaving Certificate candidates will receive their results tomorrow …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Record number of students to sit honours maths

Posted in Teaching on June 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Record numbers of Leaving Certificate students will sit higher level maths when the annual examinations begin in 5,000 test centres around the country from Wednesday …” (more)

[Sam Griffin, Independent, 1 June]

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CAO points for honours students who ‘fail’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new CAO points system is set to be introduced for students sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2017. One key change aims to reward students who take higher level ‘honours’ papers by giving them points for a mark of between 30-39% …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 April]

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Maths bonus the key to winning CAO race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“How higher maths bonus can virtually guarantee a place in college of choice. The bonus points for higher level maths in the Leaving Cert virtually guarantee a place on the most sought-after college degree courses, new figures reveal …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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Project Maths is causing more students to fail higher maths

Posted in Teaching on September 12th, 2014 by steve

“As the new school year begins, the annual drama caused by Project Maths is enacted in schools all over the country. The number of candidates failing higher maths increased from 420 in 2013 to 640 in 2014 …” (more)

[Brendan Guildea, Irish Examiner, 12 September]

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Minister backs bonus points for subjects linked to college course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2014 by steve

“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan is backing the idea of awarding Leaving Certificate students higher CAO points for subjects linked to their college course. Universities are currently discussing the ‘relevance bonus’ as one of number of measures …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and others, Independent, 11 September]

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Bonus points fuel the switch to honours maths

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2014 by steve

“The swing to honours maths continues to grow, with a record number of Junior Certificate students taking the higher level paper this year. As many as 54% of Junior Cert candidates opted for ‘honours’ in the June exams, up from 52% last year and up from 46% three years ago …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 September]

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The race for third level manipulates and destroys young people

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2014 by steve

“Those who take higher level papers in the Leaving Cert exam represent the intellectual cream of our second level education system, right? Well, no actually …” (more)

[Emer O’Kelly, Independent, 17 August]

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Female students outperform males in majority of Leaving Cert subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 15th, 2014 by steve

“Female students continue to outperform males in the majority of Leaving Certificate subjects — but are still behind them in maths. Latest figures from the State Examinations Commission also reveal that boys are more likely than girls to benefit from the bonus college entry points offered for passing higher level maths …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 August]

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The case for further Leaving Cert incentives

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2014 by steve

“This year some one in four students who took mathematics in the Leaving Cert exam, chose the higher level paper and nearly all – over 95% – passed. They did so, partly to gain the 25 Central Application Office (CAO) bonus points …” (more)

[Irish Times, 14 August]

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Bonus points would boost higher level Physics, Applied Maths and Chemistry – O’Donovan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2014 by steve

“Fine Gael TD for Limerick, Patrick O’Donovan, has today (Wednesday), called for bonus points to be introduced for Physics, Chemistry and Applied Maths based on the success of the bonus points for maths …” (more)

[Aoife Carragher, Fine Gael, 13 August]

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Record number of Leaving Cert students land bonus points in maths

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2014 by steve

“Entry requirements for engineering, business and several other popular courses are expected to rise this year after a record number of students gained bonus points for higher level maths in the Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys and Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 13 August]

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One in three Leaving Cert students to sit higher level maths

Posted in Teaching on June 2nd, 2014 by steve

“The number of students planning to sit higher level mathematics in this week’s Leaving Cert exams is up 13% to a new record tally due to the influence of bonus points for the higher papers …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 June]

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Higher-level maths does not merit extra points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 6th, 2014 by steve

“Should Leaving Certificate higher-level maths merit extra points towards university entry? Should everyone entering primary teaching have higher-level maths? …” (more)

[Brendan Casserly, Irish Examiner, 6 May]

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Should sporting high achievers get CAO bonus points?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 2nd, 2014 by steve

“As a top-class rugby player, Robbie Henshaw can see the benefit of giving extra CAO points to high-achieving sportsmen and women …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 2 April]

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