Junior Cycle


Classroom Based Assessment
Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) are mostly completed by students in the second term of second year (CBA 1) and in the first term in third year (CBA 2). Each subject has their own particular CBAs which can be found in the subject Specification. The CBA provides a ‘snapshot’ of the student at the time of completion which is set by the NCCA. The CBA results is awarded by the relevant subject department in school. Teachers meet in a Subject Learning and Assessment Review meeting (SLAR) where student’s CBAs are discussed and a Descriptor awarded. Teachers follow the Features of Quality which are set by the NCCA.

Students are awarded one of the following Descriptors:
• Exceptional
• Above expectations
• In line with expectations
• Yet to meet expectations.

The dates during which CBAs are completed for 2018-2019 (2nd and 3rd years) can be found HERE.


Assessment Task
Assessment Tasks (AT) are completed by students in the first term of Third Year after CBA2. The AT is completed in a booklet which is given by the State Examinations Commission (SEC). The booklet is corrected by the SEC as part of the exam at the end of Third Year.

Junior Cycle Examinations
At the end of 3rd year, students sit their Junior Cycle Examinations. The timetable and correction of the exam is set by the SEC. Results are available in September of 4th Year.

Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA)
The JCPA outlines the achievement of students over the course of his three years. The Descriptor (result) from the final examination, CBA Descriptors and OALs are recorded on the JCPA. This is presented to students in 4th Year.

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