Explainer: What do the Leaving Cert errors mean for the class of 2020?

Explainer: What do the Leaving Cert errors mean for the class of 2020?

Norma Foley T.D., Minister for Education speaking at a press conference on the errors found in Leaving Cert calculated grades system in the Department of Education, Marlborough Street.

On Wednesday, Minister for Education Norma Foley TD officially announced that two errors were made in the calculation of Leaving Certificate grades, causing approximately 6,500 students to receive a lower grade than they deserved.

Speaking at the Department of Education, Minister Foley outlined the errors made in the calculated grades, which students received on 7 September.

Last week, the Department was made aware of a problem within a section of the coding which was utilised for the standardisation process and the calculation of the grades.

This error within the line of code meant that English, Irish and Maths were not used within the data along with students’ two best subjects, as intended. Instead, the core subjects were put together with students’ weakest two subjects.

The effect of this error has been that, in some subjects, some candidates received Calculated Grades that were lower than they should have been and some received grades that were higher.

In reviewing this error with the line of code, a second problem was discovered.

The second error saw candidates Junior Cycle results for the subject Civic, Social and Political (CSPE) be included within the data being used to calculate grades.

This subject should not have been included in the model of calculated grades.

The two errors mean that approximately 6,500 students have received one grade lower than they should have.

Those who received higher grades as a result of the errors will not be affected and their results will remain as they are.

The announcement by Minister Foley comes the day before the third round of CAO offers.

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