IUA Council endorses Bonus Points for Maths Scheme

Universities Complement Project Maths with Bonus Points Initiative

The Council of the Irish Universities Association today decided to endorse a scheme of bonus points for leaving certificate higher maths students. Speaking on behalf of the Council, IUA Chief Executive Ned Costello said: “the Council has endorsed the bonus points initiative as a complementary measure to Project Maths and with a specific focus on encouraging a greater uptake of higher level maths in the leaving certificate. We are particularly anxious to address the problem of students dropping down from the higher level maths course as the leaving certificate approaches”, he said.

The scheme which the Council has endorsed is simple and transparent, involving a bonus of 25 points for students who score grade D3 or above in higher level mathematics. The effect of the bonus is shown in the table below. While the bonus still rewards high attainers, it is particularly attractive to those students who are capable of strong results at ordinary level, but who are concerned about the extra demands of the honours course. The scheme is to be introduced for a four year pilot period commencing leaving certificate 2012 and will be reviewed in 2014.

The Universities stressed the importance of the award of bonus points being backed up by full delivery on the recommendations of the Project Maths Implementation Support Group. “Ultimately, the necessary step change in maths attainment will only come about through a combination of curriculum reform, improved teacher competence and appropriate incentives to students. There is a strong onus on government to ensure that the full package is delivered”, Costello said.

 

Table

% Range LC Grade Points for HL Maths, including 25 bonus points Existing points for  HL subjects inc maths Points for Ordinary Level subjects
90 – 100 A1 125 100 60
85 – 89.99 A2 115 90 50
80 – 84.99 B1 110 85 45
75 – 79.99 B2 105 80 40
70 – 74.99 B3 100 75 35
65 – 69.99 C1 95 70 30
60 – 64.99 C2 90 65 25
55 – 59.99 C3 85 60 20
50 – 54.99 D1 80 55 15
45 – 49.99 D2 75 50 10
40 – 44.99 D3 70 45 5
25 – 39.99 E 0 0 0
10 – 24.99 F 0 0 0
0 – 9.99 NG 0 0 0

 

See Scheme Details.

 

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For more information contact: Lia O’Sullivan, IUA Communications Manager, 01 6764948