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Leaving Cert 2022- Education authorities say hybrid model 'impossible' to re-run

A senior education source has stated that the hybrid Leaving Cert of 2021, which offered a choice to students between written exams and accredited grades, will be "impossible" to repeat this year.


As a consequence, current Leaving Cert students who did not complete transition year or sit the Junior Cert in 2020, as it was cancelled as a result of Covid, means their previous exam performance cannot be measured objectively.


In order to ensure fairness and consistency in grades awarded in 2020 and 2021, this information was crucial to the standardisation process for teacher marks. It is understood that the SEC is examining other contingency plans for the Leaving Cert in 2022.


Similarly, an academic who was a member of the independent steering committee that oversaw the use of calculated grades in 2020 speculated that a hybrid model along the lines of last year's exams might be impossible.

According to Professor Michael O'Leary, of DCU's Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education, it may be impossible to implement national standardisation given that the State Examinations Commission (SEC) would not have important data on junior cycle students who did not sit the exam.


The SEC said in a statement on Tuesday evening that it had advanced preparations for the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams of 2022, including all oral and written exams.

In the report, the state said adjustments to the 2022 State exams, including more choice on the exam papers, were being made to compensate for the lost learning time students had experienced and to provide contingency for future learning loss. These documents provide information about the format and structure of this year's examinations, providing clarity, certainty, and reassurance to students, their parents/guardians, teachers, and schools.


The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals have stated that  there needs to be something additional to this year’s Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams to account for the Covid disruption. Meanwhile in a statement released on Tuesday, the Irish Second-Level Students' Union (ISSU) stated that the State exams "can not take place as planned" this year as a result of the Covid disruption. According to the organization, the use of traditional exams would suggest a "complete disregard for the best interests of students.".


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