All new Junior Cycle courses include two new elements to the assessment of students. Classroom Based Assessments and Written Assessment Task.

What are Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs)?

Students complete two CBAs. They provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their learning and skills in ways not possible in a written examination, for example, their verbal communication and investigation skills.

When are they held?

These CBAs will take place during class time, over a set time period, to a national timetable. Students complete the CBAs under the guidance of their teacher.

The first will be completed in the spring of Second year and the second in the autumn of Third Year in each of the Junior Cycle subjects. There may be slight variations in some subjects. Parents will be informed by the subject department and the school website of upcoming CBAs.

How are CBAs assessed?

The students’ CBAs are assessed by their teachers using a nationally agreed» assessment system designed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, (NCCA).

Written Assessment Tasks

Once the CBAs have been completed, students in third year will complete a written Assessment Task in school during class time. This is set by the NCCA. The students will complete this task in an exam style booklet. The purpose of this task is to assess the skills the student learnt while completing the CBAs. This is collected by the teacher and sent to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) for marking. This task is worth10% of their final grade.


How are CBAs reported to parents?

CBAs will be reported to parents through the school report system e.g. at a parent teacher meeting or on a Christmas report. They will also be reported to parents on the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement.


The CBAs will be reported on the JCPA and on school reports using the following descriptors. These replace the grades A,B,C,D,E, as previously used.


Above Expectations

In Line with Expectations

Yet to meet Expectations