Shake-up of grading system aims to take pressure off students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The State exams enter a new era today with a shake-up in the grading system for Leaving Cert candidates and a shorter, new-style written English paper in the Junior Cert. The new Leaving Cert grading scheme replaces the traditional ABC system as part of wider efforts to take unnecessary heat out of the CAO points race …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 June]

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Leaving Cert: Record number taking higher-level subjects

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of Leaving Cert students taking on higher-level subjects has climbed to a record high as pupils try to make the most from changes to the CAO points system. Reforms aimed at easing some of the exam pressure mean that any student who fails an exam with an E grade at higher level will secure CAO points for the first time …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 June]

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Bonus points lure one-third of pupils to higher maths

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“About one in three Leaving Cert students has applied to sit higher-level maths this year, many lured by the prospect of earning 25 CAO bonus points. Interest among sixth years in the ‘honours’ paper is similar to what it was at the same stage in 2016 and 2015, suggesting that uptake is stabilising …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 March]

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Private School Dominance in High Points Courses Needs to be Understood

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on December 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A recent report, published by the Irish Times, uncovered the fact that there is a steady rise in the number of students progressing from fee-paying secondary schools to high-points courses. More private school students are attending the top courses in the top institutions than ever before …” (more)

[Kate Lawler, University Times, 23 December]

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Students who ‘failed’ exams to get CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Any student who previously failed a Leaving Cert exam with an E grade will be entitled to CAO points for the first time, under changes to be announced later this week. A new CAO points system aimed at easing the pressure on students is due to come into force for students sitting the Leaving Cert next summer …” (more)

[Brian Mooney and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 November]

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New CAO points system: what students and parents need to know

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Are you hoping that your child will get an A or B in next year’s Leaving Cert? Well, forget about it: they haven’t a hope. From 2017, the old familiar grading system – As, Bs, Cs and so on – is gone. In its place is a new grading system, with higher-level grades from H1 to H8 and ordinary grades from O1 to O8 …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Are universities inflating points?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The basic argument is this: (i) universities cynically restrict their intake to courses, (ii) the CAO is a supply and demand system, (iii) points go up, (iv) prestige of institution is enhanced. But it’s wrong …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 29 August]

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Reforming the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Clive Byrne draws an important distinction between ‘being educated’ and ‘getting an examination grade’ (‘Leaving Cert reform should focus on “real world” skills’, Opinion & Analysis, August 26th). Since the meanings of such examination grades have not been defined in terms of student learning outcomes, it is hardly surprising that students see them in terms of CAO points’ values …” (more)

[Jim Gleeson, Irish Times, 29 August]

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Colleges creating ‘elite courses with small numbers’ says Limerick principal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Increased demand for courses is ‘reflective of the ongoing recovery of the economy’, according to local third level institutions, in light of the CAO figures this week. A significant increase in demand for programmes relating to environment, science, technology and business were seen at University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 26 August]

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CAO cynicism

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It’s that time of the year when the Central Applications Office (CAO) makes offers of third level places to Ireland’s school-leavers. Places are allocated on the basis of a complex but transparent system of supply (of courses by third level institutions), demand (for courses by school leavers), and grades (obtained by school leavers in the second level terminal examination, the Leaving Certificate) …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 22 August]

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CAO offers: Sharp points rise for courses linked to recovery

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Engineering, architecture, construction and business up as arts falls to new low. Thousands of school-leavers who hope to study architecture, engineering, construction and business face sharp points increases following a surge in applications for courses linked to the economic recovery …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Download: 2016 CAO points for all college offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Tens of thousands of prospective students who applied for third-level courses can now check to see whether they have secured their first choice after offers through the Central Applications Office (CAO) were made accessible at 6am …” (more, download)

[Irish Times, 22 August]

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Stem steams ahead as students abandon the arts ship

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students have been bombarded with calls to study science, technology, engineering and maths (known collectively as Stem) over the past few years. The message seems to be working, as points for those courses have risen across the board for the first round of CAO offers …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Number of high points courses reaches record high

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The number of degree courses requiring 500 points or more has jumped to a record high in this year’s Central Applications Office (CAO) listings. This is despite pledges by universities to help dampen the points race by broaden entry routes into college courses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Drop in top Leaving Cert scores may limit points race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A slight drop in the number of students with top Leaving Certificate points scores could limit point rises in a number of high-calibre college courses. More than 70,000 students are hoping to get one of around 52,000 college offers being made by the Central Applications Office (CAO) on Monday, including more than 47,000 applicants who got their exam results on Wednesday …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 August]

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Leaving Cert: More than 4,000 pupils fail maths

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 4,000 students have failed their Leaving Cert maths exams, effectively locking them out of many third-level courses which require a pass as a basic entry requirement.Grades in the higher level maths paper have stabilised with more than 70% securing an honour, but the failure rate …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Record college application numbers driving likely points rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The number of college applicants has reached the highest level on record this year, with points increases likely for a range of third-level courses. A record 80,880 people have applied to the Central Applications Office (CAO), with many flocking to courses linked to the economic recovery, such as architecture, engineering and technology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 August]

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School-leavers will have to aim higher under new grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Next year’s Leaving Cert classes are facing some major changes in terms of the results they will need to get into college. Students will have to achieve higher marks in key subjects in order to be considered for certain college courses – although in others the minimum grade required will drop …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 August]

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Increase in college courses requiring more than 500 points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An increase in the number of students taking higher level maths in the Leaving Cert is set to push more college courses through the 500 points entry threshold. More than 55,000 Leaving Certificate candidates will receive their results tomorrow, Wednesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 August]

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Myths about the CAO system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It is desperately frustrating to hear, year after year, the same nonsense being spoken about the Leaving Cert and the CAO system. So let’s try to expose (yet again!) some of the myths …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 15 August]

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