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Phased return to normal Leaving Certificate

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 17/04/2024. Phased return to normal Leaving CertificateTags: Parenting Teachers

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today confirmed that the gradual return to normal Leaving Certificate outcomes will begin in 2025. For students in 2024, there will be no change from last year with grades to stay at the same level on average.

This means that, as with 2022 and 2023, the State Examinations Commission (SEC) will continue to apply a post-marking adjustment after all marking on the Leaving Certificate examinations is completed to ensure grades in the aggregate reach the appropriate levels.

From next year, the SEC will apply a post marking adjustment which will bring the overall Leaving Certificate results in the aggregate to a point broadly midway between the 2020 and 2021 level.

The level of future year adjustments to examinations and assessment after 2025 and the timeline for phasing out a post-marking adjustment will be informed by the 2025 experience.

Minister Foley said:
“As is widely recognised, we must return aggregate results towards pre-pandemic levels. However, given the disruption to teaching and learning for students, it was right to maintain overall results at their current level in the last two years through a post-marking adjustment. It is right to do so again in 2024, with the majority of students this year not having had the opportunity to sit Junior Cycle examinations given that most students sitting the Leaving Certificate examinations in 2024 would have completed Junior Cycle in 2021.

“We must over time return to the normal arrangements for the Leaving Certificate outcomes, and by making a modest, gradual reduction in the level of post-marking adjustment applied, we will minimise the impact on students in so far as possible.

“I can confirm that the process of returning Leaving Certificate outcomes to pre-pandemic levels will begin for 2025 students and it will be a gradual process, in line with my commitment that there would be no cliff-edge in terms of a return to pre-pandemic outcomes.

“This means there will still be a post-marking adjustment exercise in 2025 that will seek to bring the overall set of results on the aggregate to a point no lower than broadly midway between the 2020 and 2021 levels. While lower than the 2024 outcomes, results on the aggregate in 2025 are expected to be above 2019 levels by at least 5.5 percentage points. on average.”

Following on from confirmation on the application of a post-marking adjustment to the overall set of results in 2024, the SEC has today advised that it intends to issue the Leaving Certificate 2024 results on Friday 23 August. Minister Foley said: “I am delighted that this clarity has allowed the SEC to confirm that it intends to issue Leaving Certificate 2024 results on Friday 23 August, bringing welcome certainty for this year’s students.”

Minister Foley also announced today that existing assessment adjustments for Leaving Certificate which apply for students in 2024 will continue to apply in 2025.

Minister Foley said:“I can confirm that the existing assessment adjustments that have been in place for the past two years and again this year will stay in place in 2025. So students will continue to benefit from these adjustments, including greater choice in examinations, enabling them to perform at their best.”

Minister Foley also confirmed that in respect of Junior Cycle, the assessment adjustments in place since 2022 in relation to Classroom Based Assessment will remain for students sitting Junior Cycle in 2025 and 2026. Guidance for schools in that regard will issue in due course, informed by the findings of the Longitudinal Study on the Framework for Junior Cycle, commissioned by the NCCA, which is expected to be complete in late 2024



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