State Examinations

Every year the State Examinations put in place Reasonable Accommodations for students who require extra supprts etc during the exams.

To learn about the Reasonable Accommodations for Junior Cycle, please click here..

To learn about Reasonable Accommodations for Leaving Certificate, please click here.

The State Examinations Commission have issued a circular pdating schools, students and parents of the arrangements for Reasonable Accommodations this year. The text of this circular is as follows:

LEAVING CERTIFICATE AND LEAVING CERTIFICATE APPLIED  
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS 2020 and 2021
 
The purpose of this circular is to advise you of the arrangements for the sitting of the 2020 Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied examinations in November 2020 and regarding the application process for the Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied and Junior Cycle 2021 examinations.
 
Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied 2020
 
Candidates sitting the Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied examinations in November who have already been granted reasonable accommodations for the earlier examinations will be able to have these accommodations put in place for the examinations without any further action.
 
For candidates who experience an emergency in the lead up to the examinations and who may then need reasonable accommodation(s), there will be a RACE Emergency Application Form available on https://www.examinations.ie/?l=en&mc=ca&sc=ra  This form will seek details of the circumstances leading to the application - the SEC will refuse any application that it deems not to be a genuine emergency.
 
Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied 2021
 
The SEC will issue RACE scheme application forms for the 2021 Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied examinations in mid-October.
 
The vast majority of RACE applications for LC/LCA 2021 will be reactivations of accommodations granted for Junior Cycle. However, the SEC acknowledges that there will be a small number of new applications and, due to the disruption caused to testing schedules by COVID-19, there may be a delay on new applications. To facilitate this we have an extended closing date of 20th November 2020. Note that where testing cannot be carried out to meet the deadline, the application will have to then be made using the late application process. 
 
The Instructions for Schools will also issue in mid-October and while there will be no material changes to these instructions, there will be more detailed information regarding testing. In advance of the issue of these instructions, set out at Appendix A are the details of the tests of literacy related skills that are accepted by the SEC for the purpose of RACE for the 2021 examinations and some additional guidelines regarding the carrying out of the testing. The selection of these tests and the additional guidelines below has been determined in conjunction with NEPS. You should also refer to the Department of Education and Skills, Circular Letter 0067/2020 (Revising Circular 0058/2019) regarding Advice on the use of assessment instruments/tests for Guidance or for additional and special educational needs (SEN) in post primary schools which issued on 22 September 2020.
 
Junior Cycle 2021
 
The SEC will issue RACE scheme application forms for the 2021 Junior Cycle examinations in November 2020. The closing date will be 22nd January 2021.
 
 
The list of Key Dates for 2021 Reasonable Accommodations is below:
 
 
2021 Reasonable Accommodations Key Dates
 

 

AVAILABLE FROM

CLOSING DATE

DECISION TIMEFRAME

Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied 2021 – Reactivation Form and New Accommodations Form

Mid-October 2020

20th November
2020

Mid-February 2021

Leaving Certificate/LCA 2021 – Late Application Form

February 2021

9th April 2021

May 2021

Junior Cycle 2021 – Standard Application Form

November 2020

22nd January 2021

Mid-April 2021

Junior Cycle 2021 – Late Application Form

February 2021

9th April 2021

May 2021

Emergency Application Form -  LC and JC

May 2021

June 2021

June 2021

 
Please note that if a school has a problem with meeting any of these dates due to a COVID-19 incident in their school the principal should contact the RACE section immediately.
 

 

If you need assistance on any aspect of the application process, please contact us by e-mail or phone using the details supplied below.
 
John Burke
A/Higher Executive Officer
September 2020
Phone: 090 6442782/2783/2784/2883.    Email: race@examinations.ie
 
Appendix A
 
Additional guidelines regarding testing, and lists of tests accepted by the SEC for the purpose of RACE
 
Additional guidelines:
Great care should be taken to ensure that all tests are carried out correctly, with a particular emphasis placed on the following:

  • Use of publishers’ record sheets.
  • Correct calculation of chronological age.
  • Adherence to test administration instructions (including basal and ceiling points).
  • Meticulous attention to the calculation of raw scores, and subsequent conversion to standard scores.

 
Candidates for an accommodation should only be tested once only, following the establishment of need and a history of intervention. Results from retests will not be accepted unless there is clear evidence that an error was made by the test administrator in conducting the first test or calculating their results. In such cases, a new application must be made.
 
Tests accepted by the SEC for the purpose of RACE:
1. The following tests should be used by teachers to establish a candidate’s standard score in reading and must be administered individually:
 
·         Wide Range Achievement Test 5 (WRAT-5) or
·         Wechsler Individual Achievement Test III (WIAT-III) or
·         Woodcock Reading Mastery Test 3rd Edition or
·         Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Achievement or
·         Diagnostic Reading Analysis (3rd Edition (DRA 3) or
·         Adult Reading Test 2nd Edition (ART 2)
 
2. The following tests should be used by teachers to establish a candidate’s standard score in spelling and must be administered individually:
 
·         Wide Range Achievement Test 5 (WRAT-5) or
·         Wechsler Individual Achievement Test III (WIAT-III) or
·         Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Achievement or
·         SPaRCS Test
 
3. The following standardised tests should be used, where applicable, by schools to explore a candidate’s writing speed. They must be administered individually to establish the writing speed in words per minute.
 
·         Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting 2007 for Age Range 9 to 16:11 (www.pearsonclinical.co.uk)
·         Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting 2011 for Age Range 17 to 25 (www.pearsonclinical.co.uk)
 
Further information and support on testing can be accessed through the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) or The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) support services.