Clarification on Leaving Cert Grades – Minister’s Announcement

21st May 2020

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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (21 May 2020) announced the publication of detailed guidance on the new system of Calculated Grades for this year’s Leaving Certificate. See the press release here.

The document is being sent to all post-primary schools today, to provide teachers and principals with information on the process of estimating marks for students to receive Calculated Grades.

The guide has been produced in consultation with education partners following the decision to postpone Leaving Certificate 2020 examinations, taken as a protective measure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of the process of Calculated Grades, Leaving Certificate students will have access to an online portal from early next week where they will be required to confirm the subject level at which they initially entered for the examinations or to change to a lower level.

Students can also opt to sit the Leaving Certificate exams when they are held, which will be when public health advice permits. The timing of the results of the Calculated Grades process will run as close as possible to the usual results system.

We remind all students and parents/guardians to refrain from contacting teachers or the Principal to discuss, query or suggest any reference to subject percentages. We appreciate your cooperation with this request.

A useful ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page is available here.