Monthly Archives: May 2006

Leaving Certificate Examination Grades

In a decade the percentage of CAO applicants with more than 450 points has almost doubled.  Prior to 1995 it was most exceptional for any student to achieve the six A1 Leaving Cert grades necessary to produce the highest possible score of 600 CAO points; yet last year 145 students did.

At face value this would suggest that there has been a remarkable quality transformation, either as a result of an increase in student IQ or an astonishing improvement in the school system.

While one would hope that both may have contributed to some extent to the grade inflation that … Continue reading...