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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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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Q&A: How will calculated grade changes affect CAO points for college courses?

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

IrelandFirstly, how have students fared under the new calculated grades system this year? A large majority (79%) of students’ estimated grades given by their teachers and schools 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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Harris wants students to think beyond CAO points and degrees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Simon Harris wants to take the focus off CAO points and university degrees as the main goal of school-leavers. The Further and Higher Education Minister wants as much discussion about apprenticeships and other forms of learning and training as paths to good careers and fulfilling lives …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 July]

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CAO points race set to heat up as students take grades gamble

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

Ireland“Points for medicine and other elite courses look set to rise in the wake of the cancellation of the Leaving Cert. The loss of the traditional State exam may have driven school-leavers to aim higher in their college choices …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 July]

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CAO: College applications for high-points courses surge

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

Ireland“College applications for high-points courses such as law, veterinary medicine, dentistry and physiotherapy are up significantly this year, as students flock towards areas of study with strong job prospects. By contrast, the number of students applying for courses in areas such as arts, humanities and languages are down again this year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 July]

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Oral and practical sections of Leaving

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – The decision by the Department of Education to award full marks for oral and practical components of Leaving Certificate examinations is ill-judged at least and reckless at most …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Study into impact of bonus for Irish on CAO points questions fairness

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

Ireland“An unpublished study on the impact of bonus points for students who answer the Leaving Cert through Irish has questioned the fairness of the measure. Under rules that date back to the mid-1920s, any student who answers a written exam in Irish may receive bonus marks of up to 10%, depending on the subject …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 February]

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The problems with feeder school lists

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – ‘Feeder school’ lists (Feeder Schools 2019, December 3rd) promote a distorted view that educational success is dependent on students securing places on third-level courses that require high points. They also suggest that immediate progress to third level is the only choice worth valuing and recognising …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Private school accused of heating up points race in fourth year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A private school has sparked controversy by introducing a new programme that it says allows students to cover large sections of the Leaving Cert curriculum over three years. The policy of the Department of Education is that the Leaving Certificate programme should be taught over a maximum of two years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 November]

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Wealthy students and high-points courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – That students from affluent backgrounds are more likely to study ‘high points’ courses should come as little surprise to anybody (News, October 21st). However, the findings of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) report make clear the need for significant additional, targeted investment across all levels of education to afford students an equal opportunity to fulfil their own potential, irrespective of their postal address …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 24 October]

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Examinations official criticises ‘relentless pursuit of CAO points’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The ‘relentless pursuit of CAO points’ is having an extreme influence on how students are engaging with teaching and learning, according to a senior State Examinations Commission official. Tim Desmond, head of examination and assessment, said moves by higher-education institutions to develop more specialised courses is intensifying the points race and inflating the public’s perception of certain courses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 October]

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Wealthy students more likely to study high-points courses – report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Affluent students are far more likely to study high-points courses in university and earn more within months of graduating than those from less well-off backgrounds, a new study finds. Medicine, dentistry, finance and engineering courses attract the highest proportions of well-off students from the wealthiest parts of the country, according to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) research …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 October]

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