Today, Dr. Niall Muldoon, Children’s Ombudsman, said the inflation of Cert scores in recent years is causing anorexia, depression, suicidal ideation and school dropout among students.
Five years ago, collecting points didn’t make any sense and now it’s driving children into depression,” he said.
The use of calculated/recognized scores for the years 2020 and 2021 Dismissing the certificate leads to significant score inflation and it is also being incorporated into this year’s results so that candidates are not at a disadvantage when they have to compete in university courses.
Dr. Muldoon spoke of the increased stresses suffered by Cert students during the pandemic, when he called for urgent reform of the senior cycle.
The Ombudsman supports the idea of some kind of combination Leave Cert this year – an option preferred by 68pc students in a survey by the Irish Secondary Students Union (ISSU) – but said he understands the decision to spin Re-model only for exams.
He said ISSU was “extremely impressed” in the critical thinking it provided when it provided the evidence to support a hybrid model, and later said it understood why that didn’t happen.
The ombudsman spoke to the National Association of Principals and Vice-Chancellors (NAPD) symposium on the changes needed to the senior cycle, ahead of the upcoming unveiling of the reform plan.
He said the reform “must be student-led” and must be implemented within three years, and not over a period of time.
Education Minister Norma Foley will publish the National Council on Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) report, and how she proposes to proceed with its advice, within weeks.
The report focuses on changes to the curriculum, less reliance on traditional exams and more on ongoing assessment and support for students pursuing post-secondary pathways other than CAO.
NAPD President Rachel O’Connor said Leaving Cert is 100 years old and with all the change being the last century “we’re still putting students on the gallows for the exam in June”.
Student stress levels related to the senior cycle and motivation for HIGH grades were a frequent topic of discussion at the symposium.
Ms O’Connor said secondary education is defined by “two extremely stifling factors” – the Leaving Cert final exams and the high school entry process.
As a result, overly anxious students went back to rote learning and set aside the skills and value-based education they had enjoyed three or four years earlier, she said.
“We also get high drop-out rates in high school due to ‘idealism’ rather than student placement,” she added.
Instead of a State testing system that relies heavily on a student’s ability to recall information on a certain date and time in June, assessment should take place over the course of two years, Ms. O’Connor said. the final term, not the end of the exam.
Dr Anne Looney, executive director at the Dublin City Institute of Higher Education (DCU), says that Leaving Cert/CAO has been tied to Irish culture and what is needed is cultural change and suggests some how this could happen.
She mentions students who get the maximum score but still don’t get to choose their course and says one possible way is to introduce subject specific scores and alternative entry mechanisms for some courses. study high scores.
Dr Looney also spoke about subjects where 20pc points are awarded for subjects, such as a project, as a way to extend assessment and allow students to demonstrate skills not achieved in a semester. writing exam.
But she says that 20pc isn’t enough to change the overall ranking order: “It just started to make a difference at 25pc.”
In further discussion, she suggested dividing post-primary education into three cycles, consisting of five or six years, with the last one or two focused on preparing for what is to come and developing. develop stronger pathways from higher education to higher education.
Professor Selina McCoy of the Institute for Economic and Social Research said that ditching schooling and focusing on rote learning to maximize grades has also minimized students’ stress.
She said students with poorer results have a negative self-image in school.
It all contributes to the increasingly normalization of the grinding culture with about half of the students currently enrolled, she added.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/leaving-cert-grade-inflation-triggering-anorexia-suicidal-thoughts-depression-says-childrens-ombudsman-41400263.html Letting Cert point inflation cause anorexia, suicidal thoughts, depression, says Child Inspector