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In 84pc of cases the accredited grade was equal to or higher than the exam grade

In 84pc of cases the accredited grade was equal to or higher than the exam grade

In 84pc of cases the accredited grade was equal to or higher than the exam grade

Almost 400 Leaving Cert candidates have received an upgrade in results following an appeal.

It will translate into college offers for some of the successful students and these will be issued next Wednesday, in CAO round five.

Students who sought a recheck of either an accredited grade or an exam result are being advised of the outcome today.

According to the State Examinations Commission (Sec), 376 students received one upgrade and 17 received two, amounting to 410 upgrades for 393 students.

It means 10pc of the 3,939 students who appealed against 10,951 individual grades have been successful.

The 410 upgrades represent 0.1pc of the 411,876 grades awarded.

This year, students had a choice of sitting exams or receiving accredited grades, based on teachers’ estimated marks, or both. Where they opted for both in a subject, and there was a difference in results, they were awarded the higher grade.

A recheck of an exam result went through a full remarking, while an accredited grade appeal was subject only to an administrative review to ensure all data had been entered and received correctly.

There were 567 upgrades related to the written exams and three arising from the accredited grades appeals process. However, they did not all lead to an upgrade of the final result because the student had already received a grade equal to, or higher than, the appeal outcome.

When the Leaving Cert results were issued last month, it emerged that where students had done both assessment options in one or more subjects, in 84pc of cases the accredited grade was equal to or higher than the exam grade.

The biggest single number of upgrades was for higher level maths, with 61 out of 790 appeals, followed by biology, at 54 out of 1,287 appeals.

There are further avenues open to candidates who remain dissatisfied after the appeals process.

Students who sought a recheck of an exam result may ask to see the remarked script and refer any further appeal to the Independent Appeal Scrutineers. Students unhappy with the outcome of their appeal of an accredited grade can also refer their appeal to a separate panel of Independent Appeal Scrutineers.


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