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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Two errors found in Leaving Certificate calculated grades system

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stated that the Department of Education has found two errors in the Leaving Certificate calculated grades system.

It is understood that these errors will affect approximately 10% of this year’s 61,000 Leaving Certificate students.

In relation to the errors that occurred, the Taoiseach stated that they were technical and related to coding.

The first error affected the way in which the Junior Certificate results were included in the standardisation process.

The students’ combined class results in English, Irish, and Maths would be included with their two best subjects, but instead, they were included with their two weakest subjects, this means that some candidates were graded lower than they should have been.

The Department of Education’s external contractor ‘Polymetrika International’ has since fixed the piece of code.

The second error, also related to the way in which grades were calculated into the standardisation process, included results from the subject ‘Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE)’ into the data being used by the model. No further errors have been identified by the Department of Education.

Minister for Education ‘Norma Foley’ stated, “Our focus is very much so in ensuring the error that has occurred is corrected, the principle concern are the students and that it would be corrected and that the necessary steps that are taken will be taken to ensure that the students receive the grades that they should have received.”


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