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Class of 2020 receive highest grades on record

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/09/2020. Class of 2020 receive highest grades on recordTags: Parenting Teachers

Around 60,000 students will receive the results of their Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades today - available online from 9am this morning.

According to information published by the Department of Education, average grades will be 4.4% higher than those seen last year.
The proportion of H1 and H2 grades on Higher Level Papers is up by 5% with the proportion of H1 grades up by 3% compared to last year.
At Ordinary level, there have been similar increases with the number of O1 and O2 grades increasing on last year by 3.5%.

Calculated grades combine teachers’ estimated marks with a standardisation process overseen by the Department of Education to adjust grades and bring them more into line with previous years’ results. Last week, the Government approved the dropping of plans to use schools' previous Leaving Certificate performance in the national standardisation process which has resulted in driving up this year's results.

The Department comments that if schools' historic performance had been used, then 60% of the Higher Level grades estimated by schools would have had to have been reduced, and 25% of Ordinary Level grades. In the end, just under 17% of the grades supplied by schools were reduced - read more

One of the main concerns arising from the results, is the impact that the higher grades will have on the CAO process. College applications from this year's Leaving Certificate will have a competitive age over last years, and previous years students, who are also competing for college places this year. More college places are being created to try and alleviate the impact.

Announcing the results today, Minister Foley sent her congratulations and best wishes in a letter to the Leaving Certificate Class of 2020:
“This is a very different day from what we had anticipated for you, and from what you had planned and dreamed for yourselves. I do appreciate what an especially difficult time you have had over the past six months, and I want to commend you for the patience, courage and resilience you have shown in that time.
“The creation of the Calculated Grades system came about to ensure there would be a mechanism to enable the class of 2020 to progress to work or further and higher education on completion of your second level school experience."

Check out the Leaving Results Section for advice and tips on the next steps



(07/09/2020 14:22)

ASTI congratulates Leaving Cert students

ASTI President Ann Piggott today congratulated more than 60,000 young people who have received their results from the Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades Process.

“This year has been extremely challenging for our Leaving Certificate students. After six years of second-level education they have had to cope with much anxiety, uncertainty and disruption in their lives. I want to thank our Leaving Cert students for their patience and wish each and every one of them well in their future lives. Whatever your results today, you have options. Keep calm, talk to others and seek good advice to help you make wise choices.”

Ms Piggott also thanked the teachers who have shown outstanding commitment to their Leaving Cert students. “The overwhelming feedback from ASTI members throughout this pandemic has been one of dedication to their students. Teachers found the disruption to the Leaving Certificate to be a great cause of concern and displayed tremendous flexibility and perseverance in order to ensure their students could keep progressing with their lives.”

The ASTI will be liaising closely with its members throughout the day and will be gauging teachers’ and students’ reactions to the Process.

The ASTI represents 17,500 second-level teachers throughout Ireland.

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