Wednesday September 23, 2020

Leaving Cert’s calculated grades are ‘least worst’ alternative to abandoned exams

The Department of Education urgently needs to find a way to resolve any legitimate complaints about this year’s system, while robustly defending the system itself

13th September, 2020
Students who feel unfairly treated by the system will take issue with both the grades estimated by their schools and with the means used by the department to moderate those grades

The Leaving Certificate is a cruel and crude system, but it always had one great advantage: you couldn’t argue with it. Until this year.

The pandemic led to the calculated grades system replacing anonymised exams with personalised assessments, with the Department of Education then applying an algorithm to correct for some of the excesses of those assessments.

This may well have been the ‘least worst’ alternative to the exams. For most students, it...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly

€315

€248

Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

The news that there may well be alien life on the Morning Star has placed our pandemic woes into their proper perspective

Emer McLysaght | 3 days ago

Comment: A potentially more ominous deadline looms the day after the US presidential election if Trump wins

John Gibbons | 3 days ago

Comment: It should be possible to teach Harper Lee's and John Steinbeck's novels today in ways that would illuminate Irish classrooms on the subject of racism, but black students should lead the conversation on how this can be done

Colin Murphy | 3 days ago