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The Leaving Cert Results are out!

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/08/2017. The Leaving Cert Results are out!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The previous system of As, Bs and Cs has been replaced by a a new grading system, which reduces the number of different grades awarded from 14 to just 8.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 to both parents and students waiting on results this morning and make sure to check out our dedicated 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



    (16/08/2017 10:46)

    The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, and Minister of State John Halligan TD, today (Wednesday 16th August) send their warm congratulations to the 58,543 Leaving Certificate students and adult learners who received their Leaving Certificate examination results.

    Minister Bruton said:

    “Today is a watershed moment for the class of 2017 as their school lives draw to a close. It is a time to celebrate the end of a very important period in their lives, and to recognise the massive contribution of teachers, parents and friends who helped along the way.

    “In the eighteen years of their lives, the class of 2017 have lived through boom and bust. The students getting their results today can be confident that we have built the recovery on firm foundations with over 200,000 extra new jobs created since we launched the Action Plan for Jobs.

    “For the class of 2017 there are more pathways than ever before to help you to achieve your potential. There is a wide range of opportunities in the further education and training sector, including traineeships and apprenticeships, as well as in the third level sector.

    “The government is committed to building a Republic of Opportunity and that means making sure everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. I am expanding the present apprenticeship and traineeship system significantly, so that it will cover all major economic sectors, as well as doubling enrolments to 14,000 by 2020.

    “For students who may not have done as well as they might have hoped, take time to consider all the options which are available and can lead you to your chosen career. Whatever your results today – there will be opportunities for you.

    “I would like to thank the State Examinations Commission for its work in ensuring the smooth running of the exams and the work involved in implementing the new Grading system.”

    Read full press release here


    (16/08/2017 10:47)

    ASTI leader congratulates Leaving Cert students

    ASTI President Ger Curtin today congratulated the almost 60,000 students who have received their Leaving Cert exam results.

    “Today represents a significant milestone for each and every Leaving Certificate student. Each set of results represents a respected and objective statement of that student’s experiences, efforts and learning over the past five or six years.

    “While there is no perfect exams system, what we have in Ireland is a fair, independent and transparent system valued by teachers, students and parents. We must always hold on to these strengths as we continue to work to ensure that our young people have equal access to an up-to-date, quality education. A high quality second-level education not only has a lasting impact on young people’s life experiences, it is vital to the effective functioning of society and the economy, now and into the future”.

    Mr Curtin said teachers are proud of their students today and honoured to have been involved in their development and education.

    “Teachers have watched today’s Leaving Cert students mature from children into young men and women, overcoming many obstacles and challenges along the way.

    “While this is an exciting time for our Leaving Cert students, cool heads are needed in the days and weeks ahead so that all options can be explored whether they be further education, training, employment or other goals.”

    The ASTI President concluded by encouraging those celebrating their Leaving Cert results to do so safely and to stay in contact with their families and friends.

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