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Leaving Cert grades error: higher marks for 6,100 students following review

October 28, 2020

Original Article: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/leaving-cert-grades-error-higher-marks-for-6-100-students-following-review-1.4371582

Some 6,100 students have been awarded improved Leaving Cert marks following a review of the calculated grades system after a number of errors were discovered.

All students due to receive corrected, higher grades can access their revised results on Calculated Grades portal which re-opened this evening.

The revised data has also been sent to the CAO so it can determine which students may be entitled to an offer of a different third level course.

Outlining the findings of the review this evening, the Minister for Education Norma Foley said 5,408 students would see the grade of one of their Leaving Cert subjects increase.

She said that 621 students would receive a higher grade, by one grade band, in two subjects while a further 71 students are set to receive a higher grade, by one grade band, in three or more subjects.

The maximum number of grades upgraded for one student was five.

Overall, 6,870 grades will increase affecting 6,100 students in 614 of the 741 schools and other centres recognised to hold the Leaving Certificate. No student will receive a lower grade although it is understood that a comparable number of students would technically be due a downgrade as a result of the errors in the system.

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