Most CAO applicants likely to get one of their top-three choices despite points rise

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

Ireland“The Government is aiming to ensure about three-quarters of all CAO applicants will get one of their top-three choices when college offers are released on Tuesday afternoon. A combination of record-breaking Leaving Certificate results and higher numbers of college applicants – 84,000 – are expected to push CAO points higher for many courses on Tuesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 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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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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Move to sanction students who lobby teachers welcomed

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers Union of Ireland has welcomed a move to allow Leaving Certificate grades to be withheld from students in the event of lobbying, a sanction already available in cases of suspected cheating. Legislation being brought to Cabinet by Minister for Education Norma Foley on Tuesday will provide for the sanction where officials decide teachers have been lobbied to influence the accredited grades system …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 19 April]

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Most Leaving Cert students opt to sit written exams in June

Posted in Teaching on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The vast majority of Leaving Cert students are opting to sit written exam papers in June in addition to receiving accredited grades. It follows a Government decision earlier this year to give students a choice between exams, accredited grades, or both, in individual subjects. Students will be credited with the highest result …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Leaving Cert grades have no meaning beyond CAO

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

Ireland“The debate over the best way to assess Leaving Cert students this year is in full flow. Should be it be calculated grades? A more traditional exam? A blend of both? The reality is that whatever option is chosen will simply be an emergency response in the face of the pandemic. Ironically, despite the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment’s (NCCA) ongoing review of senior cycle, Leaving Cert reform is far from people’s minds in the prevailing environment …” (more)

[Jim Gleeson, Irish Times, 9 February]

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Leaving Cert decision due next week

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

Ireland“A decision on the arrangements for this year’s State exams is expected to be made early next week by the Cabinet, amid growing calls to give students certainty about the exams. Discussions continued today between representatives of students, parents, teachers, and school management bodies, with officials from the State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the Department of Education …” (more)

[Jess Casey and Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 2 February]

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Half of students who sat postponed Leaving Cert get better results than their calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“One in two students who sat the postponed Leaving Cert 2020 exams received results that are higher than their calculated grade in one or more subjects. Of the 2,202 students receiving results today, 1,136 have achieved a higher grade or grades. Overall four in 10 (39%) grades awarded in the written papers were higher, according to a breakdown of the results from the State Examinations Commission (SEC) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 February]

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State Examinations Commission to discuss contingency planning for Leaving Cert 2021

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The State Examinations Commission will meet later this month to discuss contingency planning for the Leaving Cert, but Opposition politicians say that quicker decision-making is needed. Plans to send Leaving Cert students back to school for three days a week fell apart just 24 hours after they were announced last week following objections from teachers’ unions …” (more)

[Paul Hosford, Irish Examiner, 11 January]

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Errors found in Leaving Cert calculated grades system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Errors have been discovered with the Leaving Certificate calculated grades system with Minister for Education Norma Foley to make a significant announcement later on Wednesday, Independent.ie has learned. Government sources say an emergency helpline is being set up and Minister Foley will make an announcement at the Department of Education at around 4pm along with an official from the State Exams Commission …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Senan Molony and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 September]

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Postponed Leaving Cert exams planned for November

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

Ireland“Leaving Cert students have less than a week to register online to opt-in to receive their calculated grades. Minister for Education Norma Foley has confirmed that the deadline to opt-in for results online will expire on Monday July 27th at 4pm …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 July]

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Staggered starts, temperature checks, face masks: the Leaving Cert that never was

Posted in Teaching on May 14th, 2020 by steve

“A ‘military precision’ queuing system for Leaving Certificate candidates, a two-metre rule between students, and the staggering of papers between July 29th and September 5th were among the measures planned for the now abandoned State exams …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 May]

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TDs claim predictive grade Leaving Cert discriminates against working class students

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised over the Leaving Certificate predictive grade mechanism and how it will impact students. Last week the Government cancelled the Leaving Certificate exams which were due to begin on July 29. Instead, students will now be offered the option of accepting grades calculated by their teachers or sitting the Leaving Certificate at a later date when the pandemic eases …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 13 May]

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‘That is a disgrace’: Row erupts over claims ‘school profiling’ will discriminate against some students

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A row erupted in the Dáil this afternoon over concerns raised about the Leaving Certificate predictive grade mechanism and how it will impact students. Last week the Government cancelled the Leaving Certificate exams which were due to begin on July 29 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 May]

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Leaving Cert exams may have meant face masks and temperature checks

Posted in Teaching on May 11th, 2020 by steve

“Students might have been required to wear face masks and have daily temperature checks if the Leaving Certificate exams had gone ahead this summer. The State Examinations Commission revealed the plans in a briefing given to the Minister for Education as part of deliberations as to whether or not to proceed with the exams …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 11 May]

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Covid-19: Quarantined Leaving Cert students could sit exams in isolation

Posted in Teaching on April 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Education authorities are working on plans to allow Leaving Cert students who are ill or in quarantine to sit their exams in isolation from other students. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) is consulting with public health experts and school management bodies on safeguards aimed at minimising the risk of infection to candidates, superintendents and other school staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 April]

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Department of Education and Skills statement on stakeholder engagement in relation to the State Examinations

Posted in Teaching on April 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education and Skills today (Friday 17 April 2020) met with a range of stakeholders as part of planning for the State Examinations in response to the Covid-19 public health measures. The meeting involved representatives of students, parents, teachers, school leadership and management bodies, the State Examinations Commission, the National Educational Psychological Service and the Department …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 April]

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Leaving Cert: Cancelled elements may be flagged on students’ results

Posted in Teaching on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“Thousands of this year’s Leaving Cert students may have their results ‘flagged’ to show they did not complete the oral or practical parts of their exams. Under existing State Examinations Commission rules, students’ Leaving Certificates are annotated in cases where they are exempted from completing an exam component, typically on the grounds of a special need …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 April]

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TUI will work with State Examinations Commission to help vulnerable Leaving Cert students

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland says it will be working with the State Examinations Commission to help vulnerable Leaving Cert students. It says those with underlying health issues and special education needs must not have their prospects further damaged by the coronavirus crisis …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Students have been ignored in decision to press ahead with the Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on April 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many adults can identify with their nightmarish memories of the Leaving Cert. as it was run under normal circumstances; can anyone imagine how stressful it is for tens of thousands of us who are set to be forced to sit exams under-prepared and under the current strenuous conditions? …” (more)

[Josh Tighe, Irish Times, 12 April]

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