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...

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