The rise in CAO points has sent shock waves through the educational system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“When third-level college places were announced last week, my social media was quickly flooded with images of excited young adults about to embark on the next stage of their education. Like most years, these images came a week after a stream of news stories on the ‘600-plus points’ students who were rightly celebrated in the national media …” (more)

[Colman Noctor, Irish Examiner, 14 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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Grade Inflation: The Scandal Nobody Is Calling A Scandal

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

Ireland“… The reason for this inflation is obvious: The department of education, fearful that it would be blamed by some parents if their children did not do well in the context of a year of school closures, instructed that those marking the examinations should take the lockdown and the impact of school closures into account. Formally and informally, up and down the examinations process, political pressure was exerted to make sure that people’s ‘hard work’ was recognised and rewarded. The result is record high marks. But of course, record high marks have disastrous consequences …” (more)

[John McGuirk, Gript, 9 September]

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Offers and Points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday the Central Admissions Office released the first round offers for entry to Irish Universities; today the details appeared in the Irish newspapers. I don’t usually buy a newspaper on a weekday but I couldn’t resist getting a copy of the Irish Times so I could pore over the information presented in the CAO supplement, of which the picture above shows only a part …” (more)

[In the Dark, 8 September]

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Grade inflation drives CAO points to record highs for many college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“CAO points for entry into many college courses have jumped to a record high, with some students failing to get into courses despite securing more than 600 points. About 20 college courses across universities such as Trinity, UCD, DCU, NUI Galway, RCSI and UL broke the 600-point barrier this year. This is up from seven courses last year and just one the year before …” (more)

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

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High-scoring Leaving Cert students may miss out on preferred CAO courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Some students who received more than 600 points in their Leaving Cert may miss out on their first-choice course in the first round of CAO offers on Tuesday because of grade inflation. CAO points for university and college courses are set to increase when offers are made in the first round due to a record number of students securing the highest grades in this year’s Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 7 September]

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CAO system overhaul will see further education and apprenticeships included

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

Ireland“The minister for higher education is set to overhaul the CAO system to include further education and apprenticeships. From November, the CAO website will be revamped to include those areas in a bid to ease what has been dubbed the ‘points race’ …” (more)

[Paul Hosford, Irish Examiner, 6 September]

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‘Inevitable’ that points for most courses will increase due to record-breaking Leaving Cert results

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

Ireland“It’s ‘inevitable’ that points for college courses will increase following the record-breaking results in this years’ Leaving Cert, the chair of the Central Applications Office (CAO) has said …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 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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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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Leaving Cert points for some high-demand courses set to rise this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The points needed in this year’s Leaving Certificate for some high-demand third-level courses, such as medicine and pharmacy, are set to rise, it has emerged. Seven-hundred 2020 Leaving Cert students, who sat written exams last November, were awarded places on Wednesday in higher-points courses than they were awarded by the Central Applications Office (CAO) last year …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 7 July]

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Will CAO points rise even higher this year?

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

IrelandI’m told there are record numbers of CAO applicants this year. What effect is this likely to have on CAO points requirements for third-level courses in 2021? The success or otherwise of applicants in securing a place in college in one of their top choices is determined by a number of factors such as the grades achieved by this year’s students, the number of places on individual courses and the demand for these places …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 4 May]

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CAO points set to climb significantly for most college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“CAO points for entry into most college courses are set to increase significantly this year despite frantic efforts by the Government to ease upward pressure by creating thousands of extra third-level places. Grade inflation in this year’s Leaving Cert results will see a record number of courses demand more than 600 points …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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How much will CAO points increase? All bets off this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the release of the CAO offers draws near, students and parents are flooding The Irish Times live helpdesk (irishtimes.com/helpdesk) with inquiries relating to the expected points increase across courses. On Friday at 2pm when first-round offers are released, all will be revealed …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 10 September]

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Extra college places to help offset rise in points – Harris

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has said measures have been taken to provide additional college places, including 1,250 places in high demand courses, as course points are likely to rise this year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 September]

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Over half of students worried that grade inflation may affect college points, according to a new survey

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

Ireland“Over half of students are worried that grade inflation in today’s Leaving Certificate results may have an effect on college course points, according to a new survey. It also found that one in four (23%) of students are ‘unhappy’ or ‘extremely unhappy’ with the grades they received today …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 7 September]

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Top marks: Leaving Cert grades see massive 4.4% surge but fears remain over numbers applying for college

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

Ireland“The Leaving Cert class of 2020 is celebrating the best results day ever, with average grade inflation of 4.4% after teachers assessed their own pupils when the exams were cancelled because of Covid-19. The increase in grade values would have been greater had the teachers’ generosity not been curbed by the process set up to keep the national results picture broadly comparable with previous years …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 September]

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Leaving Cert results: grade inflation evident across most subjects

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

Ireland“The results are in – and the number of top grades have shot up. Normally, the Leaving Cert results as a whole are predictable as sunrise and sunset, with the bell curve ensuring that there’s no significant deviation between grades from one year to the next …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Leaving Cert: Big increase in top grades under new process

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

Ireland“There has been a dramatic increase in top grades awarded to thousands of Leaving Cert students under the calculated grades process. A total of 60,000 Leaving Cert students will find out what grades they have been awarded online at 9am on Monday morning …” (more)

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

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Bumper Leaving Cert exam results to fuel rise in CAO points for college entry

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

Ireland“Leaving Cert students can look forward to a bumper set of results on Monday, but it will fuel a rise in points for college entry that will leave some disappointed. The grades being awarded to about 57,000 students will be better overall than if they had sat the traditional Leaving Cert in June, although not as high as many teachers handed out …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 September]

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