Sunday 25 September 2016

Students who get 20pc in new junior cycle will pass exams

Published 16/02/2016 | 07:45

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A score as low as 20 per cent in the final written exams of the new junior cycle programme will qualify as a pass, it has been revealed.

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The new approach will be applied in the final written exam for English next year, and will be expanded to all other subjects in the coming years.

The Irish Times reports that the key changes to how junior cycle exams will be graded are outlined in a 24-page draft circular issued by the Department of Education to teachers’ unions and education partners.

Less emphasis will be placed on rote-learning and written exams.

Under the proposals, students will be graded using descriptive terms such as “merit” or “distinction”, instead of the traditional A/B/C grading system.

Scores of less than 20 per cent will be deemed to be “not graded”.

A student who receives between 90-100pc will receive a “distinction”; between 75-90pc will be receive a “higher merit”; while between 55 -75 per cent will be a “merit”. Students who score between 40-55 per cent will receive an “achieved” grading, while those who score between 20-40 per cent will secure a “partially achieved” grading.

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