Why are so many Leaving Cert students being upgraded?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“My child eventually started college – three weeks late – after being upgraded in the Leaving Cert and securing his first-choice course. What’s wrong with the correction process that leads to children having to appeal to secure grades they are entitled to? …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 12 November]

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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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Almost 3,000 Leaving Cert results upgraded in record year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Almost 3,000 Leaving Cert exam results have been upgraded after students successfully sought rechecks of their papers. The record number follows a surge in the number of rechecks this year, due mainly to reforms that have speeded up the appeals process and given students greater access to their exam papers online …” (more)

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

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Universities can’t guarantee a place this year if student upgraded on appeal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities are not giving any blanket guarantee that students who appeal their exam grades and get a late CAO offer in September are assured a place this year. Colleges say that, depending on the course, they may not be able to accommodate the student in 2019/20 and will ask them to defer for a year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 August]

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Speeding up Leaving Cert corrections sparks concerns

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Speeding up the correcting process for this year’s Leaving Cert means it is unlikely that all quality assurance measures will be completed on time, according to internal State Examinations Commission (SEC) records. The results are being provided earlier than normal on foot of a High Court ruling last year which found that students should be able to take up a college place immediately if they successfully appeal their exam grades …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 August]

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State exams commission and Minister win limited appeal against Carter judgment

Posted in Legal issues on May 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the Minister for Education and Skills have succeeded in their limited appeals against parts of a High Court decision allowing student Rebecca Carter to take up a place at veterinary medicine at UCD …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 29 May]

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State Examinations Commission appeals for teachers to mark exams

Posted in Teaching on May 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education authorities have launched an urgent appeal for teachers to mark the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert with just over a week to go before the start of the exams. The State Examinations Commission has asked principals to assist in hiring teachers – including retired teachers and newly qualified teachers – to mark exams which are due to get underway in under a fortnight …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 May]

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Examiner shortage poses ‘challenge’ to State exam standards

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A shortage of teachers prepared to work as examiners is posing a ‘significant challenge’ to the maintenance of standards in correcting the State exams, according to internal records. The State Examinations Commission, which has responsibility for organising the Junior and Leaving Cert, has been struggling in recent years to recruit teachers to correct exam papers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 May]

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State asks appeal court to dismiss ‘right to third level education’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on April 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment on appeals by the State Examinations Commission and the Minister for Education and over parts of a High Court decision allowing student Rebecca Carter to take up a place at veterinary medicine at UCD …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Departmental Legal Costs – Leaving Cert recheck appeal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount spent to date by his Department and agencies under his remit appealing the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 March]

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Revised timeline for college offers still not approved by CAO

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have not yet agreed a shortened timeline for offering places to Leaving Certificate students, seven weeks after it was hastily announced by two Government ministers. Education Minister Joe McHugh and Higher Education Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor said on November 1 that the State Examinations Commission (SEC) would get exam results out a day earlier than usual next August …” (more)

[Niall Murray, BreakingNews.ie, 18 December]

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Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and appeal outcomes to be released earlier following UCD student’s landmark High Court case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The release of Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and the outcomes of appeals are being brought forward next year. A major overhaul of the timetable comes in the wake of the recent High Court case …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 November]

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Ministers announce significant changes to process of Leaving Certificate examination appeals and entry to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, have today (1st November 2018) announced significant changes to the Leaving Certificate examination appeals process from 2019. The changes will mean that, in future, students who appeal the results of the Leaving Certificate will be informed by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) of the outcome of their appeals much earlier than has previously been possible …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 November]

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349 get college places after grade changes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College places have been offered today to 349 students who received an upgrade of one or more Leaving Certificate results this week. It is unclear how many of them will be able to start those courses as many colleges will instead ask them to defer their studies until next year as programmes have already been running for up to six weeks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 October]

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Leaving Cert students get surprise upgrades over decision to allow different exam answer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Several hundred CAO applicants can expect a late college offer as a result of Leaving Cert re-checks. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) process led to upgrades in 1,453 papers and many students will receive a new offer or their first offer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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Late offers come after 1,453 exam upgrades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Several hundred CAO applicants can expect a late college offer as a result of Leaving Cert re-checks. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) process led to upgrades in 1,453 papers and many students will receive a new offer or their first offer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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CAO applicants to UCD who get late offer after Leaving Certificate appeals released tomorrow will get their place this year – but only if space is available

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“CAO applicants to University College Dublin (UCD) who get a late offer after the results of Leaving Certificate appeals are released tomorrow will get their place this year – but only if space is available. UCD’s Academic Council Executive Committee has agreed to extend the September 30 offers deadline introduced this year, in order to offer places to upgraded students if there is spare capacity on the course in question …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 October]

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UCD to admit many more upgraded students this year on ‘exceptional’ basis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Many more Leaving Cert students who secure upgrades to their exams will be accepted onto degree courses in UCD this year on an ‘exceptional’ basis following the Rebecca Carter ruling. It is estimated up to 60 students will secure upgrades in their appeals this week which would make them eligible for courses at UCD …” (more)

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

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Exams body said student’s appeal case ‘self-serving’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The case brought by Leaving Cert student Rebecca Carter was described as ‘self-serving’ by the State Examinations Commission as it fought her bid to secure a college place. New details have emerged of the lengths the State went to in an effort to stop Ms Carter winning her High Court case …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 4 October]

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Case in which Leaving Cert marks wrongly totted up ‘cannot be repeated’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has said situations such as that experienced by students like Rebecca Carter, whose Leaving Cert exam points were wrongly totted up, ‘cannot be repeated’. Mr Justice Richard Humphreys said the current system where Leaving Cert exams are reviewed by the State Examination Commission (SEC) is ‘highly unfair’ to Leaving Cert students …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 3 October]

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