Today, Friday 8th May 2020, the Minister has issued a statement that, in order to achieve the fairest possible outcomes in the current circumstances, he is offering a system of Calculated Grades.
A Calculated Grade is a grade that can be provided to students following the combination of school information about a student’s expected performance in an examination and national data available in relation to the performance of students in examinations over a period of time.
The process of arriving at a Calculated Grade applies to:
A calculated grade results from the combination of two data sets:
There are two main phases in the process of arriving at a Calculated Grade:
The role of the school
The role of the school is to provide marks and rankings that reflect:
Each of these steps is set out in detail in the booklet ‘A Guide to Calculated Grades for Leaving Certificate Students 2020’ available to download from the JMB website (Covid-19 Section/State Examinations).
The earlier arrangement (communicated in March) that full marks would be awarded in respect of the orals and music performance tests was predicated on the written examinations proceeding this summer. As the examinations will not proceed, that arrangement will not apply.
In addition to the Calculated Grades process, provision has also been made for a three-stage Appeals Process involving:
Further clarifications, updates and relevant information will be made available as it is received.
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