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Junior Cycle

Information for Parents

Part 2

The purpose of assessment at this stage of education is to support learning.
(Framework for Junior Cycle 2015, p. 35)



A changing culture of Assessment

  • Assessment in support of learning

  • Assessment focused on offering effective feedback

  • Greater variety of assessment activity - “fit for purpose” and relevant to students

  • Teachers talking to teachers about assessment

  • Building capacity, knowledge and confidence in assessment, in schools

Your child will be involved in

  • Reviewing feedback and identifying what they have done well

  • Identifying what to do next

  • Setting and achieving personal goals

  • Redrafting and correcting their own work

  • Giving feedback to others

  • Considering examples of good work and identifying how they can improve on their own work



Short Courses

Level 2 Learning Programmes L2LPs

Assessment: Subjects

  • English, Irish and Maths specified at Higher and Ordinary levels

  • All other subjects specified at a Common Level

  • Duration of 2 hours or less

Exams will be set, held and marked by the State Examinations Commission in June of third year.

One Subject’s Journey

Ongoing assessment that supports student learning

Transition from

Primary School

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Ongoing Assessment

Ongoing Assessment

Check In

Check In

Check In

2nd Year

Classroom-Based Assessment



3rd Year

Classroom-Based Assessment




Classroom-Based Assessment

Classroom-Based Assessments will provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their understanding and skills in a way which would not be possible in a formal examination.

The tasks will cover a broad range of activities including oral presentations, written work of different types, practical or designing and making activities, artistic performances, scientific experiments, projects or other suitable tasks.

A particular purpose of the Classroom- Based Assessments will be to facilitate developmental feedback to students.

Framework for Junior Cycle 2015, p. 37

Classroom-Based Assessment Example: English

Assessment Task

  • The written Assessment Task is marked by the State Examinations Commission

  • It may require the student to demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge and skills developed during the second Classroom-Based Assessment.
  • The written Assessment Task may also provide an opportunity for students to refer to skills and competences that were developed and describe ways in which their learning might be applied to new situations.

  • The Assessment Task will be completed in class under the supervision of the teacher and will be sent to the SEC for marking along with the script for that subject in the state-certified examination.

Framework for Junior Cycle 2015, p. 38


  • One Classroom-Based Assessment in each Short Course
  • School reports to parents and students

  • All assessment in Short Courses is school-based

Short Courses


  • School based

  • PLUs are reported as “Achieved” if the Learning Outcomes in the PLU have been achieved

  • All Priority Learning Units and Short Courses that have been achieved will appear on the JCPA

Level 2 Learning Programmes

How do Classroom-Based Assessments take place?

  • Details of the Classroom-Based Assessment are set out in Assessment Guidelines of each Subject and Short Course  

  • Teachers will choose Classroom-Based Assessment tasks as per the subject / short course Assessment Guidelines

  • The NCCA will provide guidance on assessing these Classroom-Based Assessments

  • Features of quality are described for each Classroom-Based Assessment

  • Schools will organise “Subject Learning and Assessment Review” meetings

  • Teachers will compare their assessment of students’ work and ensure a common approach across the school

  • CPD will be provided for teachers to ensure that the Classroom-Based Assessments align to a national standard 

Ensuring Quality


  • Junior Cycle will build on reporting currently carried out at Primary level

  • Reporting will happen in first, second and third-year

  • First-year reporting will focus on student learning and self-development

  • Second and third-year reporting will include the school-based components that will form part of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement

  • The NCCA will develop guidelines for providing these reports to students and parents

Steps towards the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement

  • Classroom-Based Assessments of subjects (and Short Courses if offered) will be completed in second and third-year

  • Students will sit written SEC prepared examinations in June of third-year for subjects

  • Assessment in Short Courses is school-based

  • Schools will report on student engagement and participation in the Other Areas of Learning section of the JCPA over the course of Junior Cycle

The Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement will report on

  • SEC examinations of subjects
  • Classroom-Based Assessments
    including subjects and short courses
  • Priority Learning Units PLUs
  • Other Areas of Learning


State Examinations

  • Distinction
  • Higher Merit
  • Merit
  • Achieved
  • Partially Achieved
  • Not Graded

Classroom-Based Assessments

  • Exceptional
  • Above expectations
  • In line with expectations
  • Yet to meet expectations
  • Not reported

Short Courses

Other Areas of Learning

Level 2 Learning Programmes

What is the purpose of education in Junior Cycle?

  • Help students become better learners and develop a love of learning

  • Provide a solid foundation for further study

  • To develop skills for learning and life

  • To support learning through improved reporting to both students and parents

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