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Junior Cycle Results 2023 issue today

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/10/2023. Junior Cycle Results 2023  issue todayTags: Parenting Teachers

2023 is the first time that the number of candidates taking Junior Cycle tests has surpassed 70,000 with 70,727 receiving their Junior Cycle results today. Schools will be making results available to students today at a time decided by individual schools. Results will also become available online to students at 4pm today on

2023 is also only the second year that all candidates have sat exams under the full reformed Junior Cycle curriculum. Assessment procedures were adjusted once again this year to reflect the disruption caused to learning during the pandemic. Last year results did not issue until late November. However the recruitment of additional examiners and higher pay rates along with the use of online marking has allowed for the earlier release of results this year. It is expected that 629,189 grades will be issued today across 21 individidual subjects.

Students will receive grades of

  • Distinction (90-100 %),
  • Higher Merit (75-89%)
  • Merit (55-74%),
  • Achieved (40-50%),
  • Partially Achieved (20-39 %)
  • Not graded (0-19%).

    In this year's results only 2-4% will receive Distinctions, with 18-38% receiving higher Merits. The broader pattern of results is similar to last year. A Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement issues to students at a later date and reports on all their areas of learning including classroom-based assessments, short courses as well as exam results.

    In another change to previous years, Schools can this year access the results in digital format through the SEC's schools portal from 9am and can then print off candidate results.



    (18/10/2023 09:44)

    'Junior Cycle results an important education milestone’
    – ASTI President congratulates students

    ASTI President Geraldine O’Brien has sent a message of congratulations to all of the students, parents and teachers involved in the 2023 Junior Cycle examinations:

    “To all the students getting their results today, you have reached an important education milestone and your teachers are very proud of you. Your experiences, efforts and learning will provide a sound basis on which to progress your future studies and your life after completing school.

    “The Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert examinations enjoy a high level of public trust. Students are assured of being treated fairly and objectively. The exams process also protects the student-teacher relationship which is at the heart of the Irish school system. OECD research demonstrates that 15-year-olds in Ireland perform very well when compared to their international counterparts. They are amongst the top in the world for reading literacy and well above average for maths and science.”

    The ASTI President warned that Ireland must protect its high performing education system by tackling the current crises of overcrowded classes and teacher shortages.

    “ASTI research demonstrates that Junior Cycle classes in many subjects are over-crowded with approximately half of all students experiencing classes of at least 26 students and more,” said Ms O’Brien.

    “Modern curricula require that significant practical, collaborative and experiential work takes place in the classroom. This is not sustainable in overcrowded classes. Teachers are simply not able to give every student the attention they require.”

    She added that over-crowded classes also increase work intensity and workload for teachers: “It is essential that teaching is seen to be a sustainable and rewarding career choice.”

    Finally, the ASTI President urged all students celebrating their Junior Cycle exam results today to be safe. “Please if you are celebrating, do so in a safe manner and make this a day to remember for all the right reasons. If you are celebrating with friends make sure that your parents/ guardians are involved in your plans.”

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