Leaving Certificate Exam Postponed

The following was taken from breakingnews.ie.

The Minister for Education has confirmed that the Leaving Certificate exam has been postponed this year.

All students are being offered the option of receiving calculated grades for subjects and the alternative of sitting the exam at date in the future “when it is considered safe to do so”.
The decision was confirmed on Friday after public health advice noted that the previously announced date of July 29 would not be possible due to health implications associated with COVID19.

The main phases in the process of calculating grades will be school-based and national standardisation.

There will be no Leaving Cert fees this year, and any paid will be refunded.
Teachers will be asked to provide a professional judgement of each student’s attainment which will be subject to “rigorous” in-school alignment process “to ensure fairness”.For school alignment, subject teachers will review the teacher’s estimated scores for the sudents, and the rank order of their students in the class. Teachers will not set additional assessments for purposes of determining an estimated percentage mark, instead using student’s performance over the course of study, class assessments, house exams, mock exams, coursework (even if incomplete) and previous results in the subject while at school.
The school principal will approve estimated scores and the rankings of each student in each subject in the school.

If a student has joined a class from another school, the teacher will consult with the previous teacher and use the records they have, if this is not possible, the teacher will need to make “the best judgement he/she can on the information available”.
A special unit is being established within the Department of Education to process the data provided by each school to ensure fairness.

Final grades will be issued to each student as close as possible to the traditional date, and student right to appeal will be retained. Appeals will involve checks on school-entered data, transfer of that data, a review of the process by the department, and a verification of the Department’s processes by independent appeal scrutineers.

Minister Joe McHugh said the decision was made “with the best interests of students at heart”

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