Leaving Cert

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The study into the predictability of the senior cycle exams found that the issue was “not very problematic” across six subjects investigated. Photograph: The Irish Times

Greater emphasis should be given in the Leaving Cert to assessing “higher order thinking skills”, an independent report has recommended. The study int(...)

New grades: The A1, A2 system is being replaced by marks from H1 to H8 at higher level and from O1 to O8 at ordinary. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pencils sharpened. Time started. You may now turn over your paper.SECTION I: COMPREHENDINGQuestion A: How many grading bands will the Leaving Certific(...)

Minister for Education  Jan O’Sullivan: said a new study’s findings showed “the Leaving Cert exams are not in fact very predictable and that those who rely on their predictability too much often do not perform as well as those who prepare more fully for the examinations”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Concerns that the content of Leaving Cert exams can easily be predicted by students and teachers are “not sustained” by the findings of independent r(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the new system is about marking achievement, not rewarding failure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A new points scale for entry to third-level courses will be published in September under what has been described by the Department of Education as the(...)

The State Examinations Commission does not  round up percentages achieved in the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A Co Clare mother has sharply criticised what she calls the injustices of the Leaving Cert system after her son missed out on his dream third-level co(...)

The initial 2015 application statistics for those seeking college places through the CAO are published today. The experience of many students shows that changes are needed to the current applications system. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The initial 2015 application statistics for those seeking college places through the CAO are published today. Reflecting the growing number presenting(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. A study has found that the majority of Leaving Certs students back the Minister’s plans for exam reforms. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Leaving Cert students are keener on the idea of school-based assessment than their Junior Cert counterparts, according to a survey of teenagers who ar(...)

Paul Clarke, overall winner of the BT Young Scientist and Technologist 2014 Award. Students who take part in next January’s competition could win a scholarship to the Irish university of their choice.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leaving Cert level students who take part in January’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition could win an entrance scholarship to the Irish uni(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan with Leaving Cert students Stephen Ryan and Jenny O Connor as they got their results at St Nessan’s Community College in Limerick. Photograph: Brian Arthur/Press 22

The Leaving Cert – to adapt a phrase of Winston Churchill’s – is surely the worst form of examination except for the alternatives. What would you wan(...)

Spoilt for choice: The confusing state of our college application system causes many students to select programmes which they drop out of in first year. Getty/Digital Vision

Let’s be honest, there are only about 14 professions. So how did we get to a situation where students face choosing between 1,400 CAO courses each yea(...)

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