Major change is coming for the Leaving Cert, which will include spreading exams out in a bid to reduce student stress levels around the traditional final written exams.
Over time, it is planned that 60 per cent of marks for all Leaving Cert subjects will be based on written exams and 40 per cent on assessment components such as project work, orals or practicals. Minister for Education Norma Foley is keen to press ahead with reforms as soon as possible, which would see students entering senior cycle in September 2023 sitting paper one in English and Irish at the end of fifth year.
The announcement follows a four-year review of the senior cycle by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, based on consultations with students, teachers, parents and industry. You can read the full report from Irish Times Education Editor Carl O'Brien here. The Irish Times would like to hear from students, teachers and parents: what do you think of the new plans? Will these reforms mark a positive change for how State exams are conducted? If you would like to submit a response, please use the form in this article.
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