Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/08/2017. Tags: Parenting Teachers
Nearly 60.000 students will be receiving results today under the new leaving certificate marking system. Under the new grading system
, CAO points will be awarded for any score of 30% or more on a Higher Level paper. Previously a minimum of 40% was required.
The previous system of As, Bs and Cs has been replaced by a a new grading system, which reduces the number of different grades awarded from 14 to just 8. These changes have been introduced to try and make the college entry system fairer.
It is expected that the changes will see fewer students achieve the exact same score resulting in a fairer allocation of college places by reducing the number of places allocated by random selection. However until the CAO offers issue next Monday, the consequences of the changes cannot be fully anticipated.
The impact of the changes however can already be seen on this year’s leaving certificate results with a dramatic drop in failure rates and an increase in the uptake of higher level papers. Notable points from this year’s results are:The number of students achieving Grade ones – previously straight A1s under the old system - has increased significantly from seven last year to 13 students this year scoring eight grade ones.
There has been a rise in the number of students opting for higher level papers. In Irish the proportion of students sitting the Higher Level paper has risen by 10%, in Maths it is up by 8% and in English by 6%.
More than 6,500 students will be awarded at least one Higher Level Grade One in their results – an increase of more than 5% on last year’s figures
The number of students taking Maths at Higher level increased again this year to just over 30%
The number of top marks for English dropped marginally this year.
A percentage breakdown of candidates by grade awarded in each subject can be viewed here.
Helplines and Supports
Best of luck from all at Schooldays.ie to both parents and students waiting on results this morning and make sure to check out our dedicated Schooldays.ie Leaving Certificate 2017 Results Section for Helplines & Support and if you need help calculating your points check out the Careers Portal online points calculator here