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# State Examinations Commission

This year
Leaving Cert: Commentary over higher-level maths paper one 'will be considered during marking'
It comes after the paper was criticised by students across the country for its difficulty.
Over 130,000 students begin state examinations today - most sitting their first one ever
The majority of students in both exam years will be sitting their first state exam this morning as Junior Cycle exams were cancelled during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
Last year
Ten students suspected of cheating in Junior Cert exams have results permanently withheld
The decision to withhold a result or marks is open to appeal.
Over 67,000 Junior Cert students receive their results today - here's how they got on
The results come six months after students sat the exams.
Delayed Junior Cert results to be issued on Wednesday 23 November
The resutls are typically released in October.
Close to 19,000 individual Leaving Cert results appealed this year, with more than 20% upheld
3,769 individual results were upgraded, meaning more than 20% of the appeals were successful.
Delay in issuing Leaving Cert results 'will cause huge levels of additional stress and worry'
The Leaving Cert exam results will be issued on 2 September.
All time
Nearly 40% of Leaving Cert students have chosen not to sit the Irish exam this year
Students can choose between sitting exams, receiving accredited grades, or both.
A reminder of how the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades system works, and the rationale behind it
Here is the thought process behind the Plan C for the Leaving Cert, the appeal process, and where it could all go wrong.
Data Protection Commission notified over 2018 breach by State Examinations Commission
The breach, which occurred last year, affected 64 medical card holders.
Q&A: Why are CAO offers earlier this year?
The CAO timeline has changed quite drastically this year.
Irish comedian subjected to 'dozens' of rape and death threats over article she wrote on Junior Cert paper
Aoife Dooley said she has notified gardaí of the threats made to her online.
Case where Leaving Cert student lost out on college place 'cannot be repeated', judge says
Rebecca Carter received an official offer of her college place last week.
Student, who won High Court case to have her Leaving Cert appeal sped up, accepts place in UCD
Rebecca Carter won her court case against the State Examinations Commission on Wednesday and received an official offer of her college place earlier today.
Student who missed out on college place because of examiner's mistake calls situation 'an utter disgrace'
Rebecca Carter has been denied a place studying veterinary medicine in UCD because the State Examinations Commission will not hear her appeal until October.
Investigation launched after Leaving Cert paper hits social media less than an hour after exam began
A copy of today’s Irish higher level paper two was posted to a Facebook group shortly after the exam began this morning.
Dyslexic student launches High Court action after being denied exam support
The 18-year-old Leaving Cert student is hoping to secure a reader that will allow him to understand exam papers.
In numbers: The Leaving Cert results
The hard work is over, now it’s time to find out how everyone did.
Investigation underway after examiner pictured correcting Leaving Cert paper on a train
The woman was pictured appearing to correct the higher level history paper on Tuesday.
In numbers: The Leaving and Junior Certificate exams
How many A4 pages will be used? How many people set the tests? How many subjects are being examined? SO MANY QUESTIONS.
Over 1,600 Leaving Cert results upgraded after appeal
However, three unlucky candidates who went through the appeals process had their results downgraded.
Junior Cert results: how did the country do?
Nearly 60,000 students will receive their Junior Certificate results today. Here’s how they did.
Explainer: A beginner’s guide to the CAO Points system
Some of your loved ones might be awaiting a college offer – through a system that mightn’t make sense to many. Here’s our crash course.
Column: Serious exam question mistakes have shaken students' confidence in the process
Errors in a Leaving Cert paper caused consternation back in June. Eamonn Toland of takes a look back at what happened, and outlines the steps that can be taken to prevent a repeat of the problem.
Report for Quinn on Leaving Cert Maths paper errors "nearing completion"
The minister had ordered that the SEC take the errors into account when marking the exam. Results are due out on Wednesday.
Quinn demands investigation into Leaving Cert Maths mistakes
The minister says the SEC has two jobs now: to ensure no student suffers as a result of the error, and to stop it recurring.
Explainer: Here's the problem with the Leaving Cert honours maths paper
Warning: the following article contains trigonometry.
Marking of Leaving Cert Maths papers 'will reflect time lost by students'
Science minister Sean Sherlock believes the State Examinations Commission will ensure no student loses out over the error.
Errors discovered in Leaving Cert Maths and Junior Cert CSPE papers
The English version of a Maths question mistakenly inserted an extra number – which meant two answers are possible.
Junior Cert results: Girls outperform boys in 20 out of 23 subjects
Only the stereotypically male strongholds of Maths and Metalwork see boys have a higher proportion of A grades than girls.
Almost 59,000 teens to receive Junior Cert results today
There are thousands of nervous households this morning as students get graded on their first State exams.
2012 Leaving Cert results 'broadly similar to previous years'
More students took higher level Maths this year, looking to nab some bonus points which will drive up college requirements.
Column: Why the Leaving Cert is broken… by someone who just took it
Patrick Kelleher, who finished his exams last week, explains why the system needs a complete overhaul.
Exams body warns students against hoax 'leaks' after History paper surfaces online
A version of tomorrow’s Leaving Cert honours History paper has appeared online – but the SEC says it’s not the real deal.
Contingency papers arrive at schools for today's Leaving Cert Irish exams
Schools are collecting replacement papers for this afternoon’s exam after a security breach last week.
In numbers: how Ireland's students fared in Leaving Cert 2011
Which subjects had the best pass rates? Which had the fewest taking higher level? We’ve crunched the numbers to find out.
Nearly 58,000 students discover their Leaving Certificate results
Anxious moments for students across the country as they find out if they’ve got the points they need…
Calls for marking state exams to be part of teachers' jobs
Teachers who choose to mark exam papers during the summer are paid extra on top of their salaries. There are calls for the bonus payments system to be reviewed.