Review supports need for continuous assessment in Leaving Cert, say principals

Posted in Teaching on July 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Secondary school principals say the findings of a review into the senior cycle support its calls for including continuous assessment as part of a reformed Leaving Cert. On Tuesday, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) published the findings of its interim review of the senior cycle, based on consultations with more than 2,500 students and hundreds of parents and teachers across 41 schools …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Big demand for Leaving Cert reform from pupils

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Huge demand for reform of the Leaving Cert has emerged in new research commissioned by the organisation representing principals in post-primary schools. Students and parents are to the fore in seeking radical changes, with three in four recent school-leavers backing a system of continuous assessment rather than reliance on a final exam and the pressure that involves …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 January]

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Leaving Cert deemed by just 4% of pupils as fair test of knowledge

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just one in 25 Leaving Cert students believe the exam is a fair and accurate assessment of their knowledge and skills, according to a new survey. The study also found a vast majority of students (76%) support a move towards continuous assessment to help ease the pressure and stress linked to summer exams …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Survey: Majority agree on need for Leaving Cert change

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students, parents, and teachers are in agreement on the need to radically reform the Leaving Certificate but quite divided on the ways of doing it, new research suggests. In surveys conducted for the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), all three groups agreed with the need for change …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 January]

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School principals calls for audit of teaching resources

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 30th, 2014 by steve

“School principals have called for an audit of teaching resources as new figures published today confirm the number of primary school pupils has surged by almost 10,000 …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 June]

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Significant progress made towards ending ASTI dispute

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2013 by steve

“A possible settlement has emerged that could end the ongoing industrial action being taken by the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland. The union’s standing committee has recommended that its central executive council allow a ballot of members that could end the dispute …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 12 November]

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Schools to close as teacher pay row escalates

Posted in Teaching on October 18th, 2013 by steve

“Full-day closures of secondary schools will begin next week as a direct result of the teachers’ pay row …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 October]

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Lack of funds ‘will hinder Junior Cert revamp’

Posted in Teaching on October 18th, 2013 by steve

“There is a ‘genuine fear’ in schools around plans for teachers to take over the assessment of students in the new-style Junior Cert, second-level principals claim …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 October]

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Teachers’ unions express concern at proposed reform

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 5th, 2012 by steve

“Teachers’ unions were the dissenting voices amid an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the proposed reform of the Junior Cert announced by Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn yesterday …” (more)

[Gráinne Faller, Irish Times, 5 October]

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