CFOS/FTE/Exercise 8.3

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Establishing Equivalency with Full-Time Students in Conventional Education

EXERCISE 8.3 – Examination Performance

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

On average, full-time Grade 10 students in Irish schools enter for between eight and nine subjects in the JSC examination. However, only six subject passes are required for the award of a Junior Secondary Certificate. Since most students enrolled with the Dublin Open School are employed, they tend to take only the minimum number of subjects/courses needed to pass the exam.

  • Calculate FTE student numbers for the Open School based on examination performance.

Use the following EQUATION to carry out the calculation:



FTEEP = FTE Measure C: Exam Performance
TESPODL = Total Examination Subject Passes by ODL students
ESPC = Examination Subject Passes required for Certification

Junior Secondary Certificate Students at Dublin Open School and Conventional Schools
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

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