August 16, 2017 by johnston00
However, the proportion of students at ordinary level who are struggling and failing to secure any CAO points for their subjects has jumped dramatically in some subjects.
Unlike higher level, a score of below 40 per cent at ordinary level does not attract any CAO points.
At ordinary-level maths, for example, the proportion failing to get any CAO points has now reached 10 per cent.
This means more than 3,000 students, in effect, failed their maths, posing real difficulties in accessing a range of college course.
Some of the most dramatics increases in the proportion of students failing to secure CAO points for ordinary level subjects were in English (up 42 per cent) and Irish (up 64 per cent).
Much of this increase may well be down to a higher concentration of less-able students remaining in ordinary-level courses.
But the figures are also likely to point to concerns over teaching quality and difficulties accessing foundation-level classes in smaller schools.