03/09/2015

New CAO Points Scale Launched

The new CAO points scale which will be used for entry to higher education from 2017 has been launched.

The main features of the new scale are:

• It maintains the current alignment between the points awarded for achievement at Higher Level and the points awarded for achievement at Ordinary Level.

• The difference in the points awarded for each grade varies, reducing the probability that students will achieve the same overall points score. This will help to minimise the allocation of places in higher education by random selection.

• It will encourage the take-up of Higher Level subjects through the introduction of points for the new H7 grade.

• It continues to award Bonus Points for Higher Level Maths.

Minister for Education & Skills Jan O'Sullivan said: "The new grading system and points scale will apply to students who have entered 5th Year this week and who will sit the Leaving Certificate in 2017.

"Together, these reforms will help to reduce the pressure on students at exam time and enable them to have a broader and more-rounded learning experience in their Senior Cycle."

(CD/JP)

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