Universities and the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Jim Miley, director general of the Irish Universities Association, has described the current timing of Leaving Certificate results as ‘not fit for purpose’, due to the impact on CAO offers (‘Universities call for Leaving Cert results to be given in June’, Education, October 18th). I would suggest that the opposite is closer to reality …” (more)

[Colm O’Connor, Irish Times, 21 October]

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Students should have ‘stronger say’ in Leaving Cert reform, principals group says

Posted in Teaching on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students should continue to be given a stronger say in their Leaving Cert learning and assessment, according to the representative group for post-primary school principals …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 20 October]

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Universities call for Leaving Cert results to be given in June

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities say timelines for the release of Leaving Cert results are ‘no longer fit for purpose’ and want students to be issued their grades at the end of June, followed by college offers in July …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Universities call for Leaving Cert results to be given in June

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities say timelines for the release of Leaving Cert results are ‘no longer fit for purpose’ and want students to be issued their grades at the end of June, followed by college offers in July. The Irish Universities Association – which represents eight of the largest universities – is also calling for an immediate end to ‘distorting’ grade inflation and a return to normal grade patterns …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Students have right to be educated at home, Supreme Court told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Homeschooled students have a constitutional right to be educated at home without ‘unwarranted interference’ by the State and their exclusion from the Leaving Cert 2020 calculated grades scheme breached that right, the Supreme Court has been told. Paul O’Higgins SC, for two homeschooled students, was making submissions opposing an appeal by the Minster for Education …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 13 October]

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Points race and second-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Much of the discussion around the Leaving Certificate results revolve around teacher assessment, the need for terminal State examinations, grade inflation and increases in CAO points. What is largely ignored is the influence of the points system on post-primary education …” (more)

[Dermot Quish, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Half of Leaving Cert students received first preference college place

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Half of Leaving Certificate students in 2021 received their first preference college place while a further 20% got their second choice. The research from iReach found 42% of students attained over 500 points in this year’s Leaving Cert when students for the first time had the choice of whether they wished to sit written exams for receive calculated grades from their teachers …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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Teachers and the points system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On the front page of the Irish Times on September 8th, the university registrars cite ‘grade inflation’ as the source of ‘cruelty’ inflicted on disappointed young people seeking to enter college (‘Call to tackle “cruel” grade inflation as college points hit new high’, News, September 8th) …” (more)

[Tomás Ó Ruairc, Irish Times, 13 September]

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Students left without college offers due to errors or omissions in their CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Significant numbers of Leaving Cert students have not received any college offers after failing to spot ‘urgent’ emails from the CAO alerting them to errors or omissions in their applications. In many cases, the affected students secured the points required for their first-choice courses but lost out because their exam numbers were not recorded on the CAO system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 September]

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Grade inflation set to end for next year’s Leaving Cert, says Foley

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert grades look set to return to more normal levels in next year’s exams, down from record highs of the past two years. Minister for Education Norma Foley said on Wednesday that a return to more traditional assessments next year, without school-estimated grades, is likely to see a return to more normal patterns of achievement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 September]

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Simon Harris backs overhaul of Leaving Cert and college admissions system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There ‘must be a better way’ to decide on third-level admissions than the Leaving Cert, the Minister for Further Education has said. Speaking in Dublin on Wednesday, Simon Harris said he is not sure the current exam and points race is ‘the right way to go’, referring to the fact that a number of students who achieved maximum marks in the Leaving Cert could still miss out on their preferred course due to their being more students applying than places available …” (more)

[Paul Hosford, Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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Extra university places are needed in future – expert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert grade inflation means measures are likely to be needed for next year’s exam students to make sure they have fair access to higher and further education …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 5 September]

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Girls get Leaving Cert results boost from ‘unconscious bias’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There is evidence of ‘unconscious bias’ in favour of girls in the estimated marks provided by schools for this year’s Leaving Cert students, according to an official analysis of grades. A report by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) says while female students do better on average than males in exams, the gender gap was wider in school estimates compared to traditional exams …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 September]

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Leaving Cert student almost lost place at London university due to results delay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A student who received eight H1 grades in his Leaving Certificate has said that a decision not to publish the results until September 3rd nearly lost him his place at the prestigious King’s College in London …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 4 September]

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Colleges expect spike in random selection

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities fear they will have to restrict entry to more high-points courses on the basis of ‘random selection’ this year due to record-breaking Leaving Cert results. Results this year climbed to a new high with a sharp increase in the number of students securing top H1 grades …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 September]

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Has the Leaving Certificate been ‘dumbed down’?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“‘We’re thrilled with the results – they are record-breaking’, beamed Yvonne O’Toole, principal of the Institute of Education in Dublin, shortly after the school’s Leaving Cert results appeared on her computer screen. ‘As a school, we’re like a community. We cried with excitement when we saw them’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 September]

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Evidence of Leaving Cert grade inflation across the board

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In any ordinary year, Leaving Cert grades stay roughly the same, with the bell curve ensuring no significant deviation. Last year, with the Leaving Cert cancelled and teachers estimating their students’ marks, everyone anticipated that the number of top grades would rise – and it did …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Record Leaving Cert grades to tighten race for college places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Another record set of Leaving Cert grades will drive up points for college entry when CAO offers are made next week. More than 61,000 Leaving Cert candidates are today receiving results that show an average 2.6% grade inflation on last year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 September]

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Exam chiefs cannot guarantee date of Leaving Cert appeals results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Exam chiefs cannot give a guarantee of when the results of any Leaving Cert appeals will be known. It could have implications for students to secure a desired college place, if they were not eligible for it in the normal CAO rounds …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 August]

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CAO to issue 6,163 offers of college places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Central Applications Office will today issue a total of 6,163 offers of college places to students. Round zero offers are made to CAO applicants who are not competing with students awaiting Leaving Certificate 2021 grades, or who are assessed on other criteria …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 5 August]

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