10 May 2020
Re: Junior Cycle School Assessment 2020
I hope this correspondence finds you all well. Following last week’s Subject Department meetings, I am posting details regarding the assessment of Junior Cycle for the Class of 2020 on behalf of the Board of Management.
The assessment of students’ learning achievements in each subject is based on the teacher’s professional knowledge of each student’s learning. Subject Departments have chosen the most appropriate form of school-based assessments to put in place for the third-year cohort.
In keeping with the Department of Education and Skills’ Guidelines, greater weighting has been given to work completed prior to school closures in March. In many subjects, 10% weighting is based on “Projected increase in attainment/engagement with online work since 12th March”- this covers participation with remote learning and completion of assignments following school closure on 12 March 2020. In many practical subjects, different criteria have been chosen based on the practical components of work completed by students. CBA’s for the relevant subjects will also be included in the School Report.
As different Subject Departments have chosen different criteria for assessment, teachers will continue to liaise with the third year students via Google Classroom should they have any queries about the assessment modes
In due course, Third Year students will receive a written School Report on the broad range of learning that they have achieved in each subject. The School Report can be accessed on the school’s VS Ware system. You will receive a text to notify you when the reports are available.
At the start of the next academic year students will receive a State Certification that they have completed three years of Junior Cycle education in their various range of subjects. This certification will be provided by the Department of Education and Skills. We intend to hold a special ceremony in September/October to award these certificates and to celebrate the achievements of the Junior Certificate Class 2020.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the teachers and members of the school’s Pastoral and Care Teams for mentoring, guiding and supporting the Junior Cycle students throughout this year, especially during the roller coaster of a journey over the last two months. I also offer my sincere gratitude to you, the parents and guardians of the Junior Cert Class 2020 for supporting us throughout this journey.
I wish continued good health to you and to all families in our wider school community in the weeks and months ahead.
Eithne Deeney Principal/Secretary Board of Management
For details of the assessments in each subject see this PDF.