CFOS/FTE/Exercise 8.2

Establishing Equivalency with Full-Time Students in Conventional Education

EXERCISE 8.2 – Preparation for Examinations

This example uses the same scenario as in the previous exercise, which was based on the Dublin Open School. The table of data is reproduced below for ease of reference.

Although full-time students in Ireland normally take nine subjects in junior secondary school, not all of them enter for nine subjects in the JSC examination. In 2005, a total of 32,751 students in Grade 10 (the final year of the junior phase of secondary education) accounted for a total of 283,951 subject entries for the JSC examination. In the same year, students with the Dublin Open School entered for 14,962 subjects in the JSC examination.

• Calculate FTE student numbers for the Open School based on preparation for examinations.

Use the following EQUATION to carry out the calculation:

FTEPE = TESEODL ÷ (TESEFT/ TSFFT)

Where:

FTEPE = FTE Measure B: Preparation for Exams
TESEODL = Total Examination Subject Entries by ODL students
TESEFT = Total Examination Subject Entries by Full-Time

 2003 2004 2005 Dublin Open School TSODL Total Student Numbers (JSC Course) 6,131 6,529 6,637 TSEODL Total Subject Enrolments 15,972 16,660 17,258 TESEODL Total Examination Subject Entries 13,112 14,023 14,962 TESPODL Total Examination Subject Passes 9,788 10,544 11,989 Junior Secondary Schools TSFT Total Student Numbers (Grade 10) 32,804 33,013 32,751 TSFT-1 Total Student Numbers (Grade 9) 34,122 TSFT-2 Total Student Numbers (Grade 8) 35,418 ASEFT Average Subject Enrolments per Year 9 9 9 YFT Number of Years at this Level/Phase 3 3 3 TESEFT Total Examination Subject Entries 286,226 291,147 283,951 TESPFT Total Examination Subject Passes 254,741 262,039 258,963