Quinn is announcing some big plans.
Looks like teachers will have more power in grading their own students..
Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn will release details later today of proposals for a new Junior Certificate under which students will no longer sit a formal State examination at the end of third year in secondary school
Under Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn’s radical new plan, agreed by the Cabinet this week, schools will offer a wide range of subjects and short courses.
Teachers will assess their students over the three years of the junior cycle in schoolwork components and a final exam. The exam papers will be set by the State Examinations Commission for the foreseeable future but marked by the teachers.They will also take standardised tests in science from 2016, which will be welcomed by industry, which had called for science to be a compulsory subject.
The new Junior Cert exam will be based on revised syllabuses drawn up by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. The new programme will include traditional subjects and a number of short courses in areas such as digital media, entrepreneurship, sustainable energy and living and Chinese language and culture. Schools will be able to design courses to suit local needs within guidelines set down by the NCCA.
Under the plan, parents will get a fuller picture of their child’s progress in the first three years of secondary school, receiving the results of all standardised and other tests.http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...breaking3.htmlLast year, Mr Quinn told a conference on exam reform: “It is clear that the Junior Certificate examination has a serious, negative backwash effect on students’ learning and is out of line with international practice.”
Research by the Economic and Social Research Institute has indicated that high numbers of male students – particularly those from a disadvantaged background – tend to disengage from school during the Junior Cert cycle.