A November Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on September 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The decision not to run the original Leaving Cert has managed remarkably to impact on three years of examination grading in a negative way, affecting students from last year, this year and next year. This is not a success story …” (more)

[Martin O’Connell, Irish Times, 28 September]

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Second student wins calculated grades exclusion case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A second home-schooled Leaving Certificate student who was excluded from this year’s Calculated Grades process has won their case in the High Court. In his ruling Mr Justice Charles Meenan said the Department of Education’s failure to provide a system for the unnamed student was irrational, arbitrary, unfair and unlawful …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 24 September]

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The college year will be well under way by time grades case is decided

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Even if students legally challenging the calculated grades system win their cases, they may not get their chosen place in college this year. The wheels of justice turn slowly and it will be the end of October, at the earliest, before a ‘lead’ case gets under way in the High Court …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 24 September]

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Third Level Admissions – 2019 Leaving Certificate

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDanny Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the exceptions being made for those that had sat their leaving certificate in 2019 and applied for college places in 2020 given that average grades across all subjects increased by 4.4% in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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Leaving Cert students at fee-paying south Dublin school launch High Court case against Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at a fee-paying south Dublin school who received their Leaving Certificate results earlier this month have initiated legal proceedings against the Government. Papers were filed on behalf of the students and the board of management at St Kilian’s German School in Clonskeagh in the High Court on Tuesday …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 September]

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2019 student withdraws case after securing college choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student who sat the Leaving Certificate in 2019 has withdrawn her High Court challenge to the 2020 calculated grades system after securing a place on her course of choice …” (more)

[Vivienne Traynor, RTÉ News, 23 September]

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‘A breach of trust’ – Teachers’ Union criticise Education Dept. over release of Leaving Cert class ranking

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has accused the Department of Education of a ‘fundamental breach of trust’ over the release of class ranking information to Leaving Cert 2020 students. The union said it showed ‘scant regard for vulnerable students’ and had the potential to be ‘extremely damaging’ to them …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 September]

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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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Leaving Cert is a total mess that could have been easily avoided

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

Ireland“The skies are darkening with the chickens coming home to roost. The High Court cases are the big test of a Leaving Cert which may have seemed two weeks ago to have been a success. In reality, it was always nothing short of a shambles. If the courts rule in favour of the students, then the whole house of cards will come tumbling down as a disorderly queue forms for those with similar claims …” (more)

[Colm O’Rourke, Independent, 20 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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2019 Leaving Cert student brings challenge over grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A student who sat the Leaving Certificate in 2019 has brought a High Court challenge after missing out on her first choice of university course …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 September]

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Student who achieved six H1s ‘left in limbo’ as he received no CAO offer due to system mix-up

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin student who achieved six H1s in this year’s Leaving Cert has been ‘left in limbo’ after he received no CAO offer due to a system mix-up …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 17 September]

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One-fifth of Leaving Cert students appeal calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than one in five Leaving Cert candidates have appealed the calculated grades they received. When the deadline for appeal applications closed, 12,292 of the 60,419 students challenged how the process introduced to replace the June exams treated them …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 September]

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Leaving Cert student takes High Court case over calculated grading system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Leaving Cert student who narrowly missed out on the points to study medicine has mounted a High Court challenge to the Leaving Cert calculated grades system. This is the first of what may be several High Court challenges against the system used to calculate Leaving Certificate results during Covid 19 …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 16 September]

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School-based assessment

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In his opinion column of September 12th, Fintan O’Toole stated that there is ‘no utopian replacement to the Leaving Certificate’, and dismisses school-based assessment as a credible alternative approach. This view is odd, to say the least …” (more)

[Gerry McNamara, Irish Times, 16 September]

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Points for college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In order to create a level playing field for those students who sat the Leaving Cert last year, and stand now to potentially lose out on a college place this year as a result of average 7% inflation in grades …” (more)

[David Doran, Irish Times, 16 September]

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Third Level Admissions – Leaving Certificate 2019

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students that have taken a gap year from their studies following the leaving certificate 2019 will receive support from his Department in the CAO process to ensure comparability between an unprecedented 2019 and 2020; if there are substantial increases in CAO points in the leaving certificate 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 September]

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Rethinking the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Gerry McNamara makes a number of disparaging remarks about the Leaving Certificate (‘Covid-19 has opened way to finally fix Leaving Cert’, Opinion & Analysis, September 2020). He claims that, ‘The Leaving Certificate is the same as when I taught it 30 years ago’, and that it is ‘accused of being out of date, depending too much on rote learning’, and is an examination process that has been captured by the middle class …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Calculated grades: Legal challenges over Leaving Cert results must clear a high bar

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues, Teaching on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government’s decision to exclude from consideration how the past performance of a school should affect its students’ Leaving Certificate results is expected to be a target of legal challenge. There is a widespread view that an effect of this has been that students who attended schools, including grind schools, that have a track record of high achievement have had their results unfairly downgraded …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Leaving Cert: Independent appeal available for students disappointed with grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students disappointed with their calculated grades can access a final appeals process independent of the Department of Education, it has emerged. On Monday morning, students began checking an online portal detailing grades estimated by their schools, as distinct from final calculated grades …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 14 September]

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