JC 2020: Assessment and reporting guidelines
The ASTI has stated that it will work to support the Minister for Education and Skills’ decision to postpone the June Leaving Certificate examinations until later this year.
The ASTI welcomes in principle the announcement today that the Leaving Cert exams will go ahead this year. ASTI President Deirdre Mac Donald said teachers are wholly committed to supporting their students at this time, as has been evidenced by their enormous efforts in recent weeks.
The ASTI wishes to put on record its view that the publication of the document Guidance on Continuity of Schooling without consultation with the teacher unions is totally unacceptable.
The three teaching unions, the ASTI, INTO and TUI, have today taken the decision to postpone our forthcoming Easter conferences.
The ASTI has accused the Department of Education and Skills of issuing a Circular to schools which is at variance with agreed arrangements for the scheduling of Junior Cycle Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) meetings.
The ASTI is calling on the political parties to ensure children and young people are prioritised by the next Government by committing to spending 2% of GDP on second-level education, which would bring Ireland into line with the OECD average.
ASTI members have voted to authorise the ASTI to issue a directive on the scheduling of Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) meetings.
The results for Ireland in the OECD PISA report for 2018 show second-level students performing very well when compared with their international counterparts.
The Minister for Education and Skills must do more than just acknowledge initiative overload in schools, he must take action, ASTI President Deirdre Mac Donald told an ASTI conference for principals and deputy principals today (Wednesday, November 6th).