The State Examinations Commission (SEC) intends to issue results to the Leaving Certificate class of 2023 on Friday, August 25th, the Department of Education has today (Wednesday, May 24th, 2023), confirmed.
Today’s announcement will provide much-needed clarification for the cohort of students who experienced “significant” Covid-19 pandemic-induced disruption.
Within this timeframe, the SEC will again provide a deferred examinations sitting for candidates unable to sit the main exams due to bereavement or major illness or injury.
It will also implement a post-marking adjustment following completion of marking, in the context of avoiding any cliff edge in grades as compared to the pandemic years.
State exams in 2024
Minister for Education, Norma Foley, confirmed today that, as for 2023, adjustments will be made to the assessment arrangements for students due to sit state examinations in 2024.
These will be the same as the assessment adjustments that have applied for students sitting the 2023 examinations.
The level of adjustment will be the same as that applied to State examinations in 2022 and 2023 but updated as relevant.
This announcement, the minister outlined in a statement, provides “clarity, certainty and reassurance” to students, their parents/guardians, teachers, and schools in advance of the start of the 2024/2025 school year.
The changes are being made with due regard for “the principles of equity, fairness, and integrity”, in relation to student-to-student, subject-to-subject, and year-to-year comparisons.
Detail on the adjusted assessment arrangements for every subject/ module descriptor in the Leaving Certificate Established, Leaving Certificate Applied, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and Junior Cycle programmes will be issued to schools in due course.
Schools will be asked to ensure that all students are made aware of these changes.
The 15-day-long Leaving Certificate 2023 written examinations will begin on Wednesday, June 7th, 2023, with English paper 1 at 9:30 am.
The exam period will draw to a close on Tuesday, June 27th, 2023, with Religious Education and Applied Mathematics running from 2 pm to 4:00-4:30 pm.
The SEC has made the full 2023 timetable available on its website.
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