# CFOS/FTE/Exercise 8.4

Establishing Equivalency with Full-Time Students in Conventional Education

#### EXERCISE 8.4 – Systems Approach

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.

Because of concerns about the internal efficiency and cost effectiveness of the Dublin Open School, its Board decided to adopt the Systems Approach to establish equivalency with full-time students in the formal education system.

• Calculate FTE student numbers for the Open School based on the systems approach.

Use the following EQUATION to carry out the calculation:

FTESA = TESPODL ÷ (TESPFT / (TSFFT + TSFT-1 + TSFT-2. . .))

Where:

FTESA = FTE Measure D: Systems Approach
TESPODL = Total Examination Subject Passes by ODL students in current year
TESPFT = Total Examination Subject Passes by Full-Time students in current year
TSFT = Total number of Full-Time Students in current year
TSFFT-1 = Total number of Full-Time Students in previous year
TSFT-2 = Total number of Full-Time Students in the next previous year

 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