The decision has been taken by Government to postpone the Leaving Certificate examinations for 2020 and to offer students a system of Calculated Grades in its place. This includes the traditional Leaving Certificate, and the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme
All students will be given the option to receive a State Certificate of Calculated Grades in each subject that they have studied. The calculated grades model will have the same status as Leaving Certificate results awarded to students in previous years, but students will also have the opportunity to sit the conventional Leaving Certificate examination, if they wish. No date is available for this yet, but suffice to say that any student who opts for the examination, will not receive results in time for college entry, for this year.
The earlier arrangement by the Department of Education and Skills (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.
A system of Calculated Grades will be generated using a statistical model. It will combine estimates of a student’s expected performance with the school’s statistical profiles of achievement in a subject and level, in line with national performance standards over time. Essentially teachers will use their professional judgement in estimating what result they expect your son/daughter would have attained had he/she sat the Leaving Certificate, based on many factors of his/her education with us here in Fingal Community College.
The role of the school is to provide marks and rankings that reflect:
- An estimation of the percentage mark in each subject that each candidate is likely to have achieved
- Class ranking for each student in each subject
As principal, I will then review the process applied in order to check on the fair treatment of students.
The school then sends the data to the Department of Education and Skills. This estimation is then aligned with a number of national measurement guidelines in order to ensure fairness for all.
There will be strong oversight and control and a number of inherent quality assurance measures to ensure students receive as fair a result as possible.
We are asking all students and parents/guardians to refrain from contacting teachers or the deputy principal or principal to discuss, query or suggest any reference to subject percentages. We appreciate your cooperation with this request. If you have any queries relating to the overall process of the calculation of Leaving Certificate 2020 grades please feel free to contact me. Your support and partnership are hugely important to us.