Leaving Cert students can lodge calculated grades appeal from today


From 9am the Leaving Cert class of 2020 are able to view what grades their teachers gave them

Today marks the first out of three days Leaving Cert students can lodge an appeal if they are dissatisfied with the results they received from the Calculated Grades System.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Leaving Cert class of 2020 were marked through the new system in replacement for the traditional exams.

Last Monday students across the country received their results with the average grades across all subjects up by 4.4% from last year.

And on Friday just gone round one of CAO offers were issued to some 53,815 applicants.

For those who are dissatisfied with the results they received through calculated grades students can first access and compare what grades their teachers awarded through the student portal via the Department of Education website.

Students can then appeal if they wish to take this further and have until Wednesday, September 16 at 5pm to do so.

However, the appeals process only deals with students who think there has been an error in the input and processing of their marks.

The appeals process is not designed for challenging marks estimated by teachers next to marks given by the Calculated Grades System.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education said: "The appeals process is a process review focused on looking for errors in the transmission and processing of student data through the process.

"It is not possible to appeal the information (estimated percentage mark or rank order) provided by the school. Due to the nature of the Calculated Grades system the professional judgement of the school is outside of the appeals process.

"It should further be noted that the design of the statistical model and the application of the national standardisation process is also outside of the scope of the appeals process."