Grading bands in Leaving Certificate likely to be reduced to 8 – A new model for the grading of Leaving Certificate Examinations with eight bands is likely to replace the existing model which has 14 bands. The new model is emerging a result of extensive discussions with practitioners, students and stakeholders, as well as both the State Exams Commission (SEC) and National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. revealed the proposed new grading scheme as part of a progress report on the reform of the transition of second level students into higher education. The high number of grades that currently exist (A1, A2, B1, B2 etc.) are acknowledged to be contributing to a culture of teaching to the test and rote learning.