Almost 17% of all Leaving cert grades this year have been reduced by one grade following the standardisation process.
The initial data comes after the Department of Education announced this year's results won't be impacted by the results of other students in their school in past years.
The Calculated Grades model for the Leaving Cert has been agreed by Cabinet, removing school-by-school data on prior performance in deciding Leaving Cert grades for students.
Education Minister Norma Foley says "The standardisation model used in the Calculated Grades system will not include data on how a school has historically performed at Leaving Certificate.
“The national standardisation process that we have put in place will ensure consistency of approach across schools so that no student will be unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged."
In a statement the Department of Education says "estimated marks from schools will be adjusted, as planned, to ensure that a consistent standard is applied across schools throughout the country, when judging the performance of students."
The current data shows the average reduction in school marks as a result of standardisation is less in DEIS schools compared in non-DEIS schools.
Here is the current data supplied by the Department:
Adopting the preferred standardisation model, the average reduction in student marks following standardisation 0.8% in DEIS schools while the reduction is 1.3% in non-DEIS schools.
- In terms of grades across all levels (Higher, Ordinary Common and Foundation Levels), 79.3% of student grades remain unchanged as a result of standardisation. In DEIS schools 81.2% of grades are unchanged while in non-DEIS schools the figure is 79.4%.
- 3.9% of grades increase as a result of standardisation, with the increase being 5% in DEIS schools as compared to a 3.7% increase in non-DEIS schools.
- 16.8% of all grades are reduced by one grade as a result of standardisation, with 13.6% grades being decreased by one grade in DEIS schools compared to 16.8% in non-DEIS schools.
- 0.1% of all grades are reduced by two or more grades, with the figure being 0.1% in DEIS schools and 0.1% in non-DEIS schools.