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Adjustments announced for 2023 State Examinations

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/09/2022. Adjustments announced for 2023 State ExaminationsTags: Parenting Education And Politics

The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced that adjustments will be made to the assessment arrangements for students due to sit State examinations in 2023, to take account of the disruption to their learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The level of adjustment will be the same as that announced in August 2021 but updated as relevant. These adjustments will play to student strengths by leaving intact the familiar overall structure of the examinations, while incorporating additional choice for students in the examinations. In some cases, the adjustment measures will provide more time for tuition by, for example, reducing preparatory work for practical examinations.

They provide clarity, certainty and reassurance to students, their parents/guardians, teachers and schools in advance of the start of the 2022/2023 school year.

A document detailing the adjusted assessment arrangements for every subject/ module descriptor in the Leaving Certificate Established, Leaving Certificate Applied, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and Junior Cycle programmes will be issued to schools next week, and schools will be asked to ensure that all students are made aware of these changes.

Speaking at Killarney Community College, where she met members of the Leaving Certificate class of 2022, Minister Foley said:

“I am pleased to announce these adjustments to the assessment arrangements for Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle examination students of 2023.

“I am keen to give as much clarity and certainty as possible to students this week as they begin the school term. I acknowledge that the Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle exam class of 2023 have experienced disruption in their learning at an important stage, as a result of the pandemic. I am confident that the adjustments announced today acknowledge the disruption faced by these students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in a proportional manner, ensure fairness and equity for students, and are educationally appropriate. I would like to thank all the education stakeholders for their input in this matter.”

Earlier this week, the issue of the 2022 Examinations was discussed by the State Examinations Advisory Group. The advisory group includes representatives of students, parents, teachers, school leadership and management bodies, the State Examinations Commission (SEC), the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and the Department of Education, including the National Educational Psychological Service.




(05/09/2022 08:59)

SSU Statement : Second-Level Students’ Union Welcomes Proposed Changes to the 2023 State Examinations

The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) welcomes the recent statement from Minister for Education, Norma Foley, announcing adjustments to the 2023 State Examinations.

The adjustments, announced as a result of the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, will include changes similar to those announced in August 2021 but updated as relevant.

Speaking on the announcement, President of the ISSU, Caitlin-Faye Maniti, said: “The ISSU welcomes the announcement from Minister Foley, regarding adjustments to the 2023 State Examinations. We are glad that this announcement was released promptly, delivering clarity for the Class of 2023. These compensations, which the ISSU advocated for and that were agreed upon across the table by educational stakeholders, are vital to giving students the opportunity to put their best foot forward. These students can now walk into school on Monday morning with some certainty of how their exam will be run”

ISSU Education Officer, Jack McGinn, added: “The ISSU was delighted to continue our work on the Advisory Group for the State Examinations 2022, due to the success of the group in 2021 and 2020 in providing solutions and clarity to the issues our entire school community faced under the threat of COVID-19. The adjustments announced today are recognising the disruption our new exam year students faced over the last two years. We would like to thank Minister Foley, the Department of Education and Skills, the State Examinations Commission, and our fellow educational stakeholders for working together to swiftly implement a plan for the Leaving Certificate, and Junior Cycle students of 2023.”

More information regarding the adjustments will be issued to schools over the coming weeks. The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union wishes all students receiving their results today the very best of luck, support is available at should you need it.

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