- Jan 21, 2015
is the Irish system becoming snowflake friendly? these kids will head off into college etc. where 30% has only ever been a fail any many professional exams require 50% to pass.
Leaving Cert 2017: Dramatic fall off in failure rates across key subjects
The class of 2017 are the first to have their exams marked with a new grading system with eight, rather than 14, score bands.
The impact of the changes has been dramatic: failure rates for key Leaving Cert subjects at higher level have dropped significantly as thousands of students benefit from a more generous grading system.
This is because an old E grade is no longer an automatic fail. Instead, students who score between 30 and 39 per cent at higher level get 37 CAO points for their efforts.
Across most of the main higher-level subjects, failure rates have dropped by an average of about 50 per cent.
For example, at higher level maths, just 2.1 per cent or 344 students failed the subject and did not receive CAO points. This compares to failure rate of 5 per cent last year, or 800 students, last year.