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Following a meeting of the assessment team, Junior Cycle coordinators and management -the following formula is proposed for Junior Cycle assessment at Sancta Maria College 2020

Junior Cycle

For each student, certification this year will involve two elements:

  • A State Certificate of completion of Junior Cycle from the Department of Education and Skills. Students should receive a State Certification that they have completed three years of Junior Cycle education in a number of subjects/priority learning units. This certification will be provided by the Department of Education and Skills.
  • A School Report setting out the learning achievements of students in Junior Cycle. Students should receive a written report on the broad range of learning that they have achieved in each subject, short course and/or priority learning unit at the end of Junior Cycle. This assessment of their learning will be provided by their teachers. Schools will have autonomy in how this assessment is to be arrived at and the format in which the report is provided.

It is advised that to  ensure equity, greater weighting should be given to work that was completed by students in advance of the closure of schools on 12 March 2020.

We are suggesting using predicted results for students to account for 80% weighting

These predicted results estimate the most likely result a student would have gotten in the Junior Certificate exam. This solution offers an unbiased, accurate predicted grade for each student in each subject. These results are calculated using a student’s previous results at Sancta Maria College, and are based on an algorithm that has been built and tested using over 10,000 previous Junior Certificate results.

These results are unbiased and the best estimate available for what a student would have achieved in the Junior Certificate exam.


The final 20% weighting  

Following the advice given on “any additional assessment or other form of end-of-year assignment agreed to be completed by students should be limited in scope, cognisant of the disrupted learning that students have experienced in 2020, and recognise that some students may be unable to undertake such additional assessments because of issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic”

The final 20% will be assessed by teachers based on:

  • engagement with learning (online or otherwise) with particular focus from today for the remainder of the term.
  • commitment to assessment tasks completed
  • General assessment of work submitted in a variety of forms, accessible to all students in the class.