New maths entry requirements for teachers to end marking anomaly

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New maths requirements for entry to primary teaching training, due to be announced soon, should end the anomaly that left some high-achieving school-leavers out of the running for a course place this year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 August]

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Government must get serious about CAO reform – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says the Government needs to place a greater emphasis on reforming the CAO system and broadening entry to third level education …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 21 August]

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Observable trends in jungle of CAO statistics

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Within an overall picture of points generally falling, there are some trends of note within the annual jungle of statistics surrounding the Central Applications Office (CAO) first-round offers. In broad terms, close to two-thirds of honours (level 8) degrees require the same or fewer points than last year. They include more than 420 of the 800, around 53%, of all those that are directly comparable year-on-year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 August]

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Anger as maths ‘anomaly’ means some pupils fail to make CAO grade

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Aspiring primary teachers with high points will be angry over how the new grading system affects their eligibility for entry to their dream courses. An anomaly in the maths requirement for entry to their chosen profession could dash the hopes of Leaving Cert candidates who have achieved at the highest level …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 August]

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Grading changes ease points race, but other factors at play

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 52,400 applicants are being offered a place on at least one course this morning, and the minimum points needed for most courses are the same as, or down on, last year. While the drop in points might be linked to the significant reforms of Leaving Certificate grading and the points system introduced this year, other factors may also be involved …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 August]

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CAO trends: Slight recovery for arts as science drops

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It’s been a nervous week for the class of 2017. Students had been warned: the new grading and CAO points means that points from 2016 or previous years are no guide as to what to expect today. Most have chosen to ignore the advice and, over the past week, they’ve still looked to the points scores of 2016 as a guide …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Points race slows after major changes to grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The points race has slowed down dramatically as a record number of students get first round offers from the CAO. More of them are getting one of their top three choices than ever before …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 August]

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New grading system leaves anxious students guessing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new Leaving Cert results system has left thousands of students facing a more anxious wait than usual for college offers on Monday. The complete overhaul of the exam grades and CAO points scale means that college applicants cannot even make a reasonable guess about their chances of getting their preferred course …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 August]

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Leaving Cert: Higher education should not be the be-all and end-all

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of students across the country have reached an important milestone in their lives with the receipt of their Leaving Cert results. This year, however, there is a difference: a new grading scheme means points are available to students who scored between 30% and 39% … (more)

[Irish Times, 16 August]

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New grading system sees dramatic drop in failure rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Failure rates among students sitting higher level Leaving Cert subjects have dropped dramatically as thousands of candidates benefit from a more generous grading system. Some 58,000 students will receive their results on Wednesday, though those who applied for college will not know whether they have secured their first choice places until next Monday when offers through the CAO (Central Applications Office) are made …” (more)

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

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More students taking higher level subjects and fewer failing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The introduction of a new marking system for the Leaving Certificate this year has resulted in students taking subjects at higher level in greater numbers across virtually all subjects and fewer failing exams. The numbers taking the higher level course in the three core subjects of Irish (22,122), maths (16,395) and English (38,749) increased 10%, 8%, and 6% respectively …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 16 August]

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Leaving Cert Results: Record 13 students achieve new top H1 grade after CAO revamp

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Certificate results today show a leap in the number of students aiming for honours, attracted by the first overhaul of grading and CAO points in 25 years. Almost all subjects saw an increase in the uptake of higher level papers, where for the first time, points are available for a grade of between 30%-49% …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 August]

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Far-reaching reforms aim to slow down CAO ‘points race’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The most-far reaching reforms in the Leaving Cert in 25 years will kick in on Wednesday when about 58,000 students get their exam results. The introduction of new exam grading, along with an overhaul of the CAO points system, is designed to be fairer and will take some of the heat out of the ‘points race’, according to Maynooth University president Professor Philip Nolan …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 August]

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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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