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#Leaving Cert

# leaving-cert - Friday 5 February, 2021

Leaving Cert: Government 'actively planning' for exams with alternative option to be available for students, says Minister
# Education
# Education

Leaving Cert: Government 'actively planning' for exams with alternative option to be available for students, says Minister

Updated Feb 5th 2021, 5:31 PM 60,002 Views 92 Comments
  • Two plans required 'due to the nature of the pandemic'
  • Option will not be the same as last year's calculated grades system
  • Unions accept offer to discuss plans
  • Discussion on Junior Cert examinations is ongoing

# leaving-cert - Wednesday 3 February, 2021

Poll: Should Leaving Cert students be given the option of sitting the exams or taking calculated grades?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should Leaving Cert students be given the option of sitting the exams or taking calculated grades?

Feb 3rd 2021, 9:05 AM 72,086 Views 65 Comments

It’ll be next week at the earliest until we know what is planned for this year’s Leaving Cert exams.

# leaving-cert - Tuesday 2 February, 2021

Leaving Cert decision pushed back as opposition lines up against holding of traditional exams
# Waiting Game
# Waiting Game

Leaving Cert decision pushed back as opposition lines up against holding of traditional exams

Feb 2nd 2021, 6:40 PM 36,240 Views 46 Comments

The Advisory Group tasked with plotting a course for the examinations met again today.

Over 2,000 Leaving Cert students who sat written exams to receive results today
# State Exams
# State Exams

Over 2,000 Leaving Cert students who sat written exams to receive results today

Feb 2nd 2021, 7:28 AM 20,110 Views 11 Comments

Of the 4,925 grades being sent to students today, 40% were higher than their Calculated Grade results.

State has paid over €200,000 to Polymetrika for work on last year's Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

State has paid over €200,000 to Polymetrika for work on last year's Leaving Cert

Feb 2nd 2021, 6:30 AM 12,434 Views 13 Comments

This work includes the ‘standardisation’ algorithm that had two flawed lines of code resulting in 7,200 students receiving the wrong grades.

# leaving-cert - Monday 1 February, 2021

Leaving Cert plans could be revealed as early as tomorrow as various options being explored
# Education
# Education

Leaving Cert plans could be revealed as early as tomorrow as various options being explored

Updated Feb 1st 2021, 1:55 PM 27,202 Views 58 Comments

Schools have remained closed since the Christmas break.

# leaving-cert - Friday 29 January, 2021

Quiz: How much can you remember about the Leaving Cert English poetry syllabus?
# It's Quizness Time
# It's Quizness Time

Quiz: How much can you remember about the Leaving Cert English poetry syllabus?

Jan 29th 2021, 9:30 PM 56,081 Views 30 Comments

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…”

# leaving-cert - Wednesday 27 January, 2021

Leaving Cert alternatives under consideration but clarity to be given within the next few weeks, says Tánaiste
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Leaving Cert alternatives under consideration but clarity to be given within the next few weeks, says Tánaiste

Jan 27th 2021, 3:58 PM 24,342 Views 38 Comments

Alternatives to the Leaving Cert exam are being considered by the national advisory committee on the exams this afternoon.

# leaving-cert - Friday 22 January, 2021

Leaving Cert 2021: Survey and emails from 'stressed' students presented to State exam Advisory Group
# State Exams
# State Exams

Leaving Cert 2021: Survey and emails from 'stressed' students presented to State exam Advisory Group

Jan 22nd 2021, 3:42 PM 16,645 Views 19 Comments

A survey found that most Leaving Cert students wanted a choice between Calculated Grades or in-person exams.

# leaving-cert - Wednesday 20 January, 2021

Leaving Cert 2021: Students want a choice of written exam or Calculated Grades
# State Exams
# State Exams

Leaving Cert 2021: Students want a choice of written exam or Calculated Grades

Jan 20th 2021, 2:40 PM 27,621 Views 30 Comments

73% of second-level students said they feel either very unsafe or unsafe at schools reopening.

# leaving-cert - Thursday 14 January, 2021

Leaving Cert exams to have 'additional choice' but will not change in length
# Pencils Down
# Pencils Down

Leaving Cert exams to have 'additional choice' but will not change in length

Updated Jan 14th 2021, 2:43 PM 39,614 Views 35 Comments

Education Minister Norma Foley said this afternoon that the changes will ‘play to students’ strengths’.

# leaving-cert - Sunday 10 January, 2021

Poll: Should Leaving Cert students be vaccinated so they can sit their exams?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should Leaving Cert students be vaccinated so they can sit their exams?

Jan 10th 2021, 10:54 AM 119,619 Views 118 Comments

There are 61,000 Leaving Cert students, and they would need to be vaccinated before June to sit their State exams.

# leaving-cert - Saturday 9 January, 2021

Poll: Should the written Leaving Cert go ahead as normal this year?
# Poll
# Poll

Poll: Should the written Leaving Cert go ahead as normal this year?

Jan 9th 2021, 10:29 AM 73,019 Views 76 Comments

Calculated Grades replaced traditional exams last year, and didn’t go smoothly.

# leaving-cert - Friday 8 January, 2021

TV and radio resources for remote learning students across TG4 and RTE
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

TV and radio resources for remote learning students across TG4 and RTE

Jan 8th 2021, 4:53 PM 12,686 Views 6 Comments

Programming and online resources have been expanded by the State Broadcaster to help students through level 5.

Unions and Education Minister agree the 'established' Leaving Cert must take place in June
# Teachers' Unions
# Teachers' Unions

Unions and Education Minister agree the 'established' Leaving Cert must take place in June

Updated Jan 8th 2021, 2:45 PM 44,321 Views 116 Comments

Meanwhile, the decision not to allow in-school learning for children with special needs has been called “devastating”.

# leaving-cert - Thursday 7 January, 2021

Leaving Cert students to move to remote learning after government u-turn
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Leaving Cert students to move to remote learning after government u-turn

Updated Jan 7th 2021, 9:05 PM 79,432 Views 204 Comments

The ASTI had told its members not cooperate with government plans to bring students in for three days a week.

'I hate to have to say it but we are not expendable': Leaving Cert students dismayed at three-days-a-week plan
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'I hate to have to say it but we are not expendable': Leaving Cert students dismayed at three-days-a-week plan

Jan 7th 2021, 3:08 PM 30,961 Views 62 Comments

Students facing a return to school are worried about their health and the health of their loved ones with Covid-19 rampant in the community.

Poll: Do you agree with having Leaving Cert students back in school three days a week?
# What Do You Think
# What Do You Think

Poll: Do you agree with having Leaving Cert students back in school three days a week?

Jan 7th 2021, 10:55 AM 85,265 Views 72 Comments

Teachers have expressed concern that they were not consulted about having Leaving Cert students return to the schools.

# leaving-cert - Tuesday 8 December, 2020

High Court test case against Leaving Cert calculated grades hears minister 'jettisoned' her commitments
# Norma Foley
# Norma Foley

High Court test case against Leaving Cert calculated grades hears minister 'jettisoned' her commitments

Dec 8th 2020, 6:48 PM 22,383 Views 0 Comments

The hearing before Mr Justice Charles Meenan is expected to last for two weeks.

# leaving-cert - Monday 16 November, 2020

Persistent rain and unsettled conditions on the way (not the usual Leaving Cert weather, eh?)
# Lashing
# Lashing

Persistent rain and unsettled conditions on the way (not the usual Leaving Cert weather, eh?)

Nov 16th 2020, 2:01 PM 14,256 Views 4 Comments

Have your umbrella at the ready.

Almost 2,600 students to sit postponed Leaving Cert exams from today
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Almost 2,600 students to sit postponed Leaving Cert exams from today

Nov 16th 2020, 6:55 AM 16,314 Views 14 Comments

Candidates were given the option earlier this year to receive Calculated Grades and/or to sit written exams.

# leaving-cert - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

Dept of Education officials say it was 'impossible' to get staff to check Leaving Cert algorithm
# Calculated Grades
# Calculated Grades

Dept of Education officials say it was 'impossible' to get staff to check Leaving Cert algorithm

Nov 10th 2020, 6:48 PM 31,951 Views 20 Comments

Dalton Tattan, assistant secretary at the Department of Education said the pressure they were under was ‘extreme’.

# leaving-cert - Thursday 8 October, 2020

Students hit by calculated grades error have been offered college places
# College Places
# College Places

Students hit by calculated grades error have been offered college places

Oct 8th 2020, 2:52 PM 26,844 Views 17 Comments

The CAO has offered places to 424 Leaving Cert students who missed out due to the error.

# leaving-cert - Monday 5 October, 2020

Leaving Cert students affected by calculated grades error to be included in Round 4 CAO offers
# CAO
# CAO

Leaving Cert students affected by calculated grades error to be included in Round 4 CAO offers

Oct 5th 2020, 5:38 PM 17,701 Views 4 Comments

Over 6,000 students received improved grades following the discovery of last weeks error in the calculated grades

# leaving-cert - Thursday 1 October, 2020

Leaving Cert: Polymetrika was paid €91,500 above agreed cost for work after daily rate kicked in at end of contract
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Leaving Cert: Polymetrika was paid €91,500 above agreed cost for work after daily rate kicked in at end of contract

Oct 1st 2020, 8:06 PM 94,732 Views 73 Comments

To date, €163,000 has been paid to Polymetrika for the calculated grades system.

Some students affected by Leaving Cert grade errors may have to defer college course, Foley says
# Calculated Grades
# Calculated Grades

Some students affected by Leaving Cert grade errors may have to defer college course, Foley says

Oct 1st 2020, 9:43 AM 22,869 Views 62 Comments

It’s understood 800 to 900 students may have lost out on a college place due to the situation.

'There are penalties, absolutely': Minister says there are sanctions associated with Polymetrika calculated grade contract
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

'There are penalties, absolutely': Minister says there are sanctions associated with Polymetrika calculated grade contract

Oct 1st 2020, 6:30 AM 24,220 Views 25 Comments

The cost of the calculated grades system is €160,000.

# leaving-cert - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Harris estimates 1,000 additional college places may be required to deal with calculated grade errors
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Harris estimates 1,000 additional college places may be required to deal with calculated grade errors

Updated Sep 30th 2020, 8:10 PM 42,356 Views 58 Comments

When asked by in the Dáil earlier, Taoiseach Micheál Martin admitted that there had been two errors made in the Leaving Cert standardisation process.

Explainer: What the Leaving Cert Calculated Grade errors mean for students
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: What the Leaving Cert Calculated Grade errors mean for students

Sep 30th 2020, 5:55 PM 28,510 Views 20 Comments

Around 6,500 students will now receive higher grades as a result.

Taoiseach told Varadkar and Ryan about Leaving Cert error six days after it was discovered
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Taoiseach told Varadkar and Ryan about Leaving Cert error six days after it was discovered

Sep 30th 2020, 5:40 PM 29,668 Views 29 Comments

Education Miniser Norma Foley said that about 7,200 Leaving Cert grades have been affected by the errors in the Leaving Cert calculated grades system.

Leaving Cert: About 6,500 students set to receive higher grades after coding error
# Education
# Education

Leaving Cert: About 6,500 students set to receive higher grades after coding error

Updated Sep 30th 2020, 5:33 PM 67,533 Views 99 Comments

Two errors have been identified in the calculated grades system.

Two errors identified in Leaving Cert Calculated Grades system, about 6,000 students affected
# Education
# Education

Two errors identified in Leaving Cert Calculated Grades system, about 6,000 students affected

Updated Sep 30th 2020, 1:47 PM 54,568 Views 72 Comments

Education Minister Norma Foley will make a comprehensive statement on the matter later today.

# leaving-cert - Monday 28 September, 2020

Leaving Cert students can now find out how their school ranked them against classmates
# Calculated Grades
# Calculated Grades

Leaving Cert students can now find out how their school ranked them against classmates

Sep 28th 2020, 9:23 AM 34,949 Views 26 Comments

Students can also apply to sit the postponed exams in November.

# leaving-cert - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Teachers' union says release of Calculated Grades rank order is a 'fundamental breach of trust'
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Teachers' union says release of Calculated Grades rank order is a 'fundamental breach of trust'

Sep 23rd 2020, 11:50 AM 21,030 Views 26 Comments

The TUI also claimed that releasing the rank order will be “profoundly damaging to the student-teacher relationship”.

# leaving-cert - Thursday 17 September, 2020

One in five students are appealing Leaving Cert calculated grades
# Rechecks
# Rechecks

One in five students are appealing Leaving Cert calculated grades

Sep 17th 2020, 9:36 AM 25,159 Views 25 Comments

This year’s appeals process is very different to the usual system.

# leaving-cert - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

First High Court challenge to Leaving Cert calculated grade system
# Leaving Certificate
# Leaving Certificate

First High Court challenge to Leaving Cert calculated grade system

Sep 16th 2020, 1:07 PM 29,578 Views 0 Comments

The action is being taken by a student who missed out on a place to study medicine at Trinity College by two points.

# leaving-cert - Monday 14 September, 2020

Leaving Cert students to see what grades their schools gave as appeals process opens today
# Calculated Grades
# Calculated Grades

Leaving Cert students to see what grades their schools gave as appeals process opens today

Sep 14th 2020, 9:26 AM 22,854 Views 32 Comments

Students have until 5pm on Wednesday to lodge an appeal.

# leaving-cert - Friday 11 September, 2020

Harris defends calculated grades and says it meant students in more disadvantaged schools didn't lose out
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Harris defends calculated grades and says it meant students in more disadvantaged schools didn't lose out

Sep 11th 2020, 6:17 PM 32,679 Views 57 Comments

The Higher Education Minister faced questions about claims students in private schools had been unfairly marked down under the system.

The CAO points for 2020 have just been released. Find them all here
# Calculated Grades
# Calculated Grades

The CAO points for 2020 have just been released. Find them all here

Sep 11th 2020, 1:55 PM 256,191 Views 54 Comments

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'We're forgotten about': Students carrying over results fear being overlooked as CAO offers due out
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

'We're forgotten about': Students carrying over results fear being overlooked as CAO offers due out

Sep 11th 2020, 12:05 AM 18,297 Views 11 Comments

Ronan Cloney (20) Cloney has been trying to ensure fairness for deferred CAO applicants since May, when the exams were first cancelled.