Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan has lately announced the key reform of Departing Certificate grades and CAO points in than two decades.
The primary changes are:
- A totally new grading system for the Departing Certificate – reducing the amount of grades in our 14 to eight
- Proposals for almost any revised common points scale for entry into greater education
- Broader undergraduate admittance to high education programmes
- An analysis of predictability within the Departing Certificate
The present 14 band ABC grading system can look reduced to eight broader bands, different form H1 to H8 at greater level and O1 to 08 at ordinary level.
Minister O’Sullivan commenting across the changes pointed out, “These important reforms emerged within the broad consultation process. They should better serve students, to lead them to be ambitious in their choices minimizing the very best levels of stress which are currently connected while using the Departing Certificate. The grading system within the Departing Certificate remains left unchanged greater than two decades. The present system of 14 grades increases pressure on students. Just about all grades are separated by simply 5%, leading to students striving to achieve minimal percentage increases to attain greater grades. Which will change for individuals students entering fifth year in September and sitting the Departing Certificate in 2017”.
“Research ensures that the present marking system no longer has enough kilter with elevated notice a lengthy way away. For instance a sum exams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland use six grading bands, Scotland uses five grading bands and nz has four.”
The reform of Departing Certificate grades also needs a switch to the CAO points system. A totally new common points technique is presently being produced with the universities and institutes of technology and, following review by academic councils, will most likely be printed in September. Among its key features remains printed today. The revised points system should minimise random choice of places at third level and to encourage students to consider-at any height level course by reduction in the chance of students at greater level gaining no CAO points.
The Minister pointed out: “I desire to acknowledge the important work the college and institute of technology sector have dedicated to designing a totally new common points system. The suggested system will minimise random choice for third level entry – an occurrence that’s very frustrating for school kids additionally for their families since they pin their hopes on every CAO round of choices. The suggested points system may also see students taking a greater level course receiving points for almost any mark between 30 and 39 round the paper. This should encourage students to obtain ambitious and trust going for a greater level paper. It’ll reward students who aim high and strive.”
Minister O’Sullivan also welcomed the commitment within the greater education institutions to lessen the amount of undergraduate courses, that will develop work already on-going: “This is certainly an essential part of reform for school kids.
Plenty of entry routes into greater education programmes give a bewildering array loved by second level students in sixth year and lots of find this complexity hard to effectively navigate. Giving students the opportunity to obtain a wider newbie and letting them defer specialisation to later in their levels can offer us more rounded graduates within the extended term. This creates their account and excellent for wider society too.”