Imagine knowing the individual charged with grading your performance in an exam you have spent two years preparing for is an overworked, last-resort recruit?

Shane burst into class late and with no sign of an apology. He was too full of the joys of having passed his driving test. “Next stop, the Leaving C(...)

A State Examinations Commission report found the bonus scheme delivered an average CAO bonus of 12 points, though in some cases it was as high as 30-35 points

An unpublished study on the impact of bonus points for students who answer the Leaving Cert through Irish has questioned the fairness of the measure. (...)

A pilot group of 40 schools will undertake the  first-ever Leaving Cert computer science exam. Photograph: iStock

Hundreds of students are set to begin their final Leaving Cert exams in May after authorities decided to schedule the new computer science exam in adv(...)

Instead of revising the marking scheme, an examiner is directed to select a number of scripts with a view to changing grades. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Are some students unfairly losing out on marks in the State exams? It’s a question many students and parents will be asking in light of new disclosur(...)

An exam hall in a Dublin school between State exams. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Examiners involved in marking Leaving Cert papers have claimed there is an unwritten policy to alter the marks of selected students’ scripts in order (...)

Every year the State Examinations Commission (SEC) undertakes a massive logistical challenge in organising exams for more than 100,000 students.

Every year the State Examinations Commission (SEC) undertakes a massive logistical challenge: organising exams for more than 100,000 students, marking(...)

One student was awarded an ‘estimated grade’ after being distracted by ants on their desk. Photograph: iStock

Hundreds of Junior and Leaving Certificate students have been awarded grades based on estimates by their schools due to errors such as scripts being l(...)

Sorting and despatching  Leaving Cert exam scripts. An internal research report shows it is possible  some  exam candidates candidates are disadvantaged during the marking process. Photograph: Alan Betson

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) deserves great credit for the efficient way in which the high stakes Leaving Cert examination process is manag(...)

The State exams body said the volume of such grades awarded – typically between 100 and 150 in a given year – should be seen in the context of exams with just under 120,000 candidates and more than 1 million grades. Photograph: iStock

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has defended its practice of awarding hundreds of “estimated” grades to students. Internal records show the S(...)

Fianna Fáil has called on the Minister for Education to clarify issues around the fairness of the Leaving Cert marking process. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

School principals have warned that the Leaving Certificate exam is “no longer fit for purpose” in light of an unpublished report which raises concerns(...)

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