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School Based Assessment Policy for Junior Cycle Students 2020

 

School Based Assessment Policy for Junior Cycle Students 2020

Background

Further to the Minister for Education & Skills, Mr Joe McHugh TD’s announcement on 10th April 2020 and subsequently on 29th April,

  • All third year Junior Cycle students to be awarded certificates for the completion of Junior Cycle by the Department of Education and Skills.
  • Schools given autonomy to assess students and all students to receive a report on achievement.

Schools are also being given autonomy to decide whether to run school-based assessments and what form they take. Options to consider include school-designed examinations, tasks, projects, assignments, essay style questions, presentations, or other tasks agreed at a local level. Guidance for schools on reporting to students and parents, developed with the advice of the advisory group of stakeholders, will be published by the Department.

Introduction

This document outlines the approach that Mohill Community College will take in the assessment of Junior Cycle students, 2020. The DES Guidelines for Schools, Assessment and Reporting on Students’ Learning at Junior Cycle, May 2020 has informed the recommended approach outlined.

Overarching principles

The guidelines provide for:

  1. A whole school approach to the assessment of Junior Cycle students, 2020.
  2. Inclusivity and equity of access by all students.
  3. Transparency
  4. Completion of the assessment process by May 29th.

 

ASSESSMENT COMPONENTS

Mohill Community College assessment procedure for Junior Cycle students 2020 provide for the inclusion of the following components

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (see table on Page 3)
  • May 2020 Assessment in some subjects, as listed

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Cycle School Report June 2020
Recognition of Prior Learning (the % of marks in final grade awarded to prior learning) May 2020 Assessment (the subjects where an assessment will now be set and & awarded to that assessment)
Art                                                               100%  
Business                                                     100%  
English                                                        100%  
French                                                        100%  
German                                                      100%  
Geography                                                 100%  
History                                                        100%  
Home Economics                                        80% Home Economics Case Study                    20%
Irish                                                             100%  
Maths                                                         100%  
Metalwork                                                   90% Metalwork Assessment Task                    10%
Religion                                                      100%  
Science                                                       100%  
Technical Graphics                                   100%  
Woodwork                                                   90% Woodwork Assessment Task                    10%

 

Where students are engaged in a Junior Cycle Subject a Grade Descriptor will be awarded.

Where students are engaged in Junior Cert a traditional Grade will be awarded.

All components to be completed and marked by May 29th, 2020.  An assessment report with a Grade Descriptor or Grade will issue electronically the week beginning June 15th, 2020.

In order to fully reflect the achievements of our students, a further Junior Cycle School Report will be prepared in the next school term (September 2020).  This Report will include for each subject the following results – final Grade/Grade descriptor from June 2020 Report, results of CBA1 and CBA2 in those subjects for which available (Art, Business, English, French, German, Irish, Science) and Students’ own reflection on Other Areas of Learning.

 BREAKDOWN of ASSESSMENT COMPONENTS

  1. Recognition of Prior Learning

The recognition of Prior Learning is an important part of our assessment process. In line with the overarching principle of flexibility, the following approach will apply:

The final mark or Grade Descriptor in each subject will be awarded for:

  • Learning from September 2018 – March 12th, 2020 (2nd year and 3rd year)
  Recognition of Prior Learning Component
Total Weighting Elements of Prior Learning Recognised   
Art                       (100%) CBA 1; CBA 2: Teacher will assess Art Project and award Junior Cycle Descriptor
Business

(100%)

CBA 1; CBA 2; Mock exam result (80%)  plus Christmas 2nd Year result (20%) with overall result presented as a Junior Cycle Descriptor
English

(100%)

CBA 1; CBA 2; Mock exam result (80%)  plus Christmas 2nd Year result (20%) with overall result presented as a Junior Cycle Descriptor
French & German

(100%)

CBA 1; CBA 2; Mock exam result (80%)  plus Christmas 2nd Year result (20%) with overall result presented as a Junior Cycle Descriptor
Geography

(100%)

Mock exam result (80%): Summer 2nd Year result (20%) with overall result presented as a Junior Cert Grade
History

(100%)

Mock exam result (80%); Summer 2nd Year result (20%) with overall result presented as a Junior Cert Grade
Home Economics

(80%)

Practical exam awarded full marks (50%); Mock exam result (30%);

(Balance of 20% awarded to May 2020 Assessment Case Study) with overall result presented as a Junior Cert Grade

Irish

(100%)

CBA 1; CBA 2; Mock exam result (80%)  plus Christmas 2nd Year result (20%) with overall result presented as a Junior Cycle Descriptor
Maths

(100%)

Mock exam result (80%); Summer 2nd Year result (20%) with overall result presented as a Junior Cert Grade
Metalwork

(90%)

Project work to date (70%); Mock Exam (20%);

(Balance of 10% awarded to May Assessment Exam) with overall result presented as a Junior Cert Grade

Religion

(100%)

Mock exam result (80%); Summer 2nd Year result (20%) with overall result presented as a Junior Cert Grade
Science

(100%)

CBA 1; CBA 2; Mock Exam result plus Christmas 2nd Year (90%); Lab copies and projects (10%) with overall result presented as a Junior Cycle Descriptor
Technical Graphics

(100%)

Mock exam result (80%); Summer 2nd Year result (20%) with overall result presented as a Junior Cert Grade
Woodwork

(90%)

Project work to date (70%); Mock Exam (20%);

(Balance of 10% awarded to May Assessment Exam)

This decision was informed by the DES Guidelines (issued April 29th, 2020):

To ensure equity, greater weighting should be given to work that was completed by students in advance of the closure of schools on 12 March 2020.

 Cognisance may be given to work completed after that date but teachers should have regard to the impact that school closure will have had on students’ ability to engage with further learning after 12 March 2020 and their ability to complete any additional assessment tasks.

For example, some students may be unable to undertake any additional assessment tasks because of issues arising from the Covid-19 crisis. In such circumstances, the assessment of the students’ learning, and the report of their achievement issued by the school, may be based solely on work completed prior to 12 March 2020.

  1. May 2020 Assessment

Mohill Community College will issue an assessment activity electronically in the following subjects:

Subject Completed and returned electronically to teacher by date:
Home Economics Issued by teachers electronically, due to be returned electronically by 15th May.
Metalwork Issued by teacher electronically via Microsoft Teams 11th May 2020, to be returned electronically via Microsoft Forms before 22nd May 2020.
Woodwork Issued by teachers electronically via Microsoft Teams 11th May 2020, to be returned electronically via Microsoft Forms before 22nd May 2020.