Class ranking information to be released to Leaving Cert students

Posted in Teaching on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students who received calculated grades under this year’s Leaving Certificate process will be able to see the class ranking their teacher gave them from next Monday. The Department of Education says it is making the information available to students through the calculated grades online portal after receiving legal advice on the issue …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 September]

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Removal of school profiling may have affected ‘accuracy’ of Leaving Cert results, study says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Removing ‘school profiling’ from the calculated grades process for Leaving Cert students may have affected the accuracy of the final results, according to a Department of Education study. The plan to take account of schools’ Leaving Cert performance over a three-year period sparked significant controversy over the summer …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 September]

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Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2020 and the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 – Application of revised rates of salary with effect from 1 October 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science wishes to inform of the application of revised rates of salary with effect from 1 October 2020 …” (more)

[DES, 16 September]

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Adjusted grades were an experiment that we dare not risk repeating

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It was never going to please everyone. The political decision to abandon the Leaving Cert exam in favour of calculated grades left the Department of Education with an impossible task: to assign accurate grades to students who didn’t sit exams which never happened in courses they hadn’t completed …” (more)

[Jennifer O’Connell, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Safety, Consultation and Resources key to sustainable higher education reopening, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ongoing detailed consultation by university managements with staff and students on safety and resource provision is essential to guarantee a sustainable re-opening of higher education, The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has stated following issuing of Leaving Certificate results to students …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 September]

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Leaving Cert results raise important gender bias issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Data gender has only been provided for three core subjects, leaving education experts blind as to the true picture, say Professors Pat O’Connor, Delma Byrne, and Selina McCoy. The Leaving Certificate was cancelled on May 8 to be replaced by the teachers’ subjective judgments on what percentage mark they thought each of their students might have received in the Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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One in five Higher Level grades reduced and a tweaking of the gender gap: How ‘standardisation’ changed teacher-estimated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One In five Higher Level Leaving Cert Calculated Grades were downgraded from their teacher-assessed mark by one grade due to standardisation, according to the Department of Education. At Ordinary Level, one in ten grades were downgraded by one grade …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 7 September]

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Minister Foley congratulates over 60,000 students who will receive Leaving Certificate results today

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today, Monday 7 September, announced the issue of the results of the 2020 Leaving Certificate to over 60,000 students. On what is a very different day than might have been anticipated, today the Leaving Certificate class of 2020 are receiving their results, following the completion of the Calculated Grades process …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 September]

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The Education Departments Were Uncoordinated Last Week. Best Not Let it Fester

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“No one said a Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael coalition was going to be easy. Two rival parties, so used to maligning each other over the past century, now must work together – and so far things have not been running smoothly. Last week, we saw how the current fissure could hurt the third-level sector …” (more)

[University Times, 6 September]

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CAO points set to rise under Leaving Cert calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“CAO points for many third-level courses are likely to rise due to higher grades being offered to Leaving Cert students this year under the Government’s new calculated grades process. The Department of Education has confirmed that grades will be ‘stronger’ this year compared to previous years, which will lead to some grade inflation …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 September]

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ASTI has ‘some concern’ at downgrading of 63,000 Leaving Cert results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The largest second-level teachers union in Ireland has expressed ‘some concern’ that 63,000 Leaving Cert calculated grades have been downgraded by the Department of Education …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 1 September]

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Almost one fifth of teachers’ predicted Leaving Cert examination results to be downgraded

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost one fifth of teachers’ predicted results for Leaving Cert students are set to be downgraded under the Department of Education’s new calculated grades process. However, a large majority (79%) of students’ estimated grades will remain the same. The remainder will be either reduced (17%) or increased (4%) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 September]

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Leaving Cert Results 2020: Teachers awarded over double the H1 grades in many subjects than expected

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Teachers awarded more than double the number of H1 grades in many subjects than would have been expected in traditional Leaving Cert exams, the Department of Education found when the 2020 results came in from schools. In some subjects, the generosity of Irish teachers extended to a tripling of the number of H1s – the highest grade available on an ‘honours’ paper – than would normally be achieved …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 September]

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Minister Foley announces details of Calculated Grades model for Leaving Certificate 2020 and Minister Harris confirms the provision of 1,250 additional places in certain high-demand programmes in higher education institutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today, Tuesday 1 September, announced further details of the Calculated Grades model for Leaving Certificate 2020 and Minister for Further and Higher Education Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD confirmed 1,250 additional higher education places to be offered on certain high-demand courses for the academic year 2020/21 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 September]

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Leaving Cert students to learn details of adjustments to calculated grades process

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students are set to receive fresh details this week over how the calculated grades process has been adjusted to try to make results as fair and accurate as possible. The Department of Education is expected to this week release technical details of how the calculated grades system has been completed and refined in light of expert advice and controversy in the United Kingdom …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 August]

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Leaving Cert: Students who want to do exams in November will have to sit papers in the evenings and on weekends

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students who want to do the exams in November will be sitting their papers in the evenings and weekend. The Department of Education has today published arrangements for the delayed sitting of the June tests, which will be held subject to public health advice and engagement with education stakeholders …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 August]

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Universities seek talks to avoid UK-style grades debacle

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities have sought urgent talks with the Department of Education to ensure the Leaving Cert results and CAO offer season do not descend into chaos …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Senan Molony, Independent, 27 August]

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Q&A: What does court ruling on calculated grades mean for Leaving Cert students?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on August 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandWhat just happened? Elijah Burke, a Leaving Cert student who was home-schooled by his mother, has won his High Court challenge against the Minister for Education’s decision to exclude him from the calculated grades process. He claimed the exclusion of students who were tutored by a parent or close relative at home from the calculated grades process breached his rights and was unfair and discriminatory …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Leaving Cert students must wait a week after results day to see teachers’ estimates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students will have to wait a week after receiving their official calculated grades before they get to see their teachers’ estimated marks, the Department of Education has confirmed. This means thousands of students will not immediately get to see the extent to which their grades have been adjusted by standardisation measures which have proved highly controversial in the United Kingdom …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Leaving Cert students can only see estimated teachers’ marks or class-ranking if they appeal exam results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students will have to wait for at least week after their results come out if they want to know how their teachers assessed them. And they will not be able to see their teachers’ estimated marks and the class-ranking they got unless they apply to appeal the result, the Department of Education has confirmed …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 August]

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