Written Answers. - Leaving Certificate Results.

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

1076 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Education and Science his views on the recent results in history in the leaving certificate. [20481/00]

A statistical breakdown of results in leaving certificate history, higher and ordinary levels, for the years 1998, 1999 and 2000 is included with this reply. Results obtained by external candidates and school candidates are included. The figures given are valid for 28 September, 2000. It is anticipated that the figures for 2000 will change slightly following the completion of the appeals process.

While there has been a decline in the numbers of candidates over the three year period, the pattern of results at each level is broadly consistent. The percentage of candidates scoring a grade C3 or higher ranges from 61.6% to 67.5% at higher level and from 58.6% to 63.5% at ordinary level. The percentages of candidates scoring a grade E or lower varies between 9.0% and 11.2% at higher level and between 20.1% and 24.0% at ordinary level.

The percentage obtaining a grade E or less at ordinary level in 2000, and especially the proportion of candidates obtaining a grade F or no grade indicate that a number of candidates at that level fell short of meeting the aims of the syllabus. This did not apply at E, F or no grade on the higher level. On the other hand, at ordinary level a large percentage obtained high grades with 22.8% achieving Grade A1 or A2.

Grade patterns in the leaving certificate can and do vary from year to year as the cohort of candidates changes.
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment is at present working to develop a new syllabus for leaving certificate history.
Leaving Certificate History Higher Level (valid for 28/9/00)

Year

TotalNo.

A1

A2

B1

B2

B3

C1

C2

C3

D1

D2

D3

E

F

NoGrade

1998

9,026

4.20

5.00

5.80

7.40

11.20

9.60

10.20

12.70

7.60

7.90

9.40

6.00

2.50

0.60

1999

8,410

5.00

4.80

4.80

7.10

10.20

7.70

9.70

12.30

7.60

8.20

11.50

7.10

3.00

1.10

2000

7,838

5.40

5.20

6.40

8.50

10.20

9.70

10.20

11.90

7.20

7.00

9.20

5.70

2.60

0.70

Leaving Certificate History Ordinary Level (valid for 28/9/00)

Year

TotalNo.

A1

A2

B1

B2

B3

C1

C2

C3

D1

D2

D3

E

F

NoGrade

1998

5,817

14.20

8.70

6.40

7.10

9.30

4.30

5.70

7.50

3.40

4.80

8.50

7.90

8.50

3.70

1999

5,226

16.20

9.30

6.40

7.50

8.10

4.20

5.30

6.50

3.70

4.80

7.30

8.10

8.20

4.40

2000

4,764

14.70

8.10

4.80

6.30

8.10

3.70

5.60

7.30

3.60

4.90

9.10

8.00

10.50

5.50